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Pictures of Kedleston Hall

a Historic Building in the town of Kedleston, in the county of Derbyshire

About Kedleston Hall

The home of the Curzon family for over 800 years. The present mansion was originally designed for Sir Nathaniel Curzon in around 1757 by Matthew Brettingham in the Stuart style. Later, Curzon invited noted architect James Paine, to remodel the house into a more elaborate and fashionable style. By 1761 the stunning north front was complete. A portico of six Corinthian columns tower above a ground storey on either side of which is a double staircase. At the same time Robert Adam worked on the house; the south front, based on the triumphal arch of Constantine in Rome is the work of Adam, who also worked extensively on the elegant interior which has seen very little change since completion.

The house, set in magnificent parkland, contains stunning pieces of furniture and a collection of old master paintings. A delicate 18th-century intricately carved wood gilded mirror, fashioned to hold several sizes of glass was probably the work of John Linnell, a cabinet-maker employed by Robert Adams. It is possible that Linnell was also responsible for other pieces in the house including a stunning Sofa of carved gilded wood in an extravagant design following the style of 17th-century sculptor, Berini. There are many artefacts on show that were brought back from India by Lord Curzon, collected during his six year period as Viceroy of India between 1899-1905. These include; silver, ivories and weapons.

Wonderfully landscaped grounds provide a perfect setting for fine sculptures and other architectural features. There is a pretty summerhouse and an orangey. Other, smaller buildings are interspersed in the park between the five lakes created by Robert Adam that are now home to a variety of wildfowl species.

The small church contains a large tomb where Lord Curzon (Viceroy of India) rests next to his first wife as he himself had planned. The church, built originally in the 13th-century has other interesting features, it has a blessed atmosphere as befits a special place of worship.

Kedleston Hall can be found in the beautiful open countryside to the west of Derby. The ancient county town of Derby lies on the River Derwent, it has a fine museum, a beautiful cathedral and was the home of painter Joseph Wright. The town is famous for Royal Crown Derby Porcelain.

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