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The restrained Baroque style of the interior is a delight, and the house serves as a showcase for early 18th century portraits, displayed in period surroundings as part of a joint project between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Over 120 portraits of famous historical figures are on display, together with collections of porcelain and period furniture. There is a series of portraits by Godfrey Kneller of members of the famous Kit-Cat Club, a group of prominent Whig statesmen determined to secure the Protestant succession after Queen Anne's death.
Beningbrough offers more than a traditional gallery exhibition of art, however; there are audio-visual interactive displays, and opportunities for children and adults to learn first hand how to create sculpture and costumed portraits.
Perhaps the prize item on show to visitors is Lord Chesterfield's state bed, resplendent in red damask. The bed was brought to Beningborough from Holme Lacy in Herefordshire.
The Hall is set in six acres of beautiful gardens, comprising lawns, formal garden areas, and a popular Walled Garden featuring over 20 varieties of apples and pears. Beside the Hall is the Victorian Laundry, with both Dry and Wet rooms.
Verdict: a lovely Baroque house with a superb collection of historic art. The understated exterior hides a wonderful interior full of interest, especially the collection of Kneller portraits.
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About Beningbrough Hall
Address: Beningbrough, York, Yorkshire, England, YO30 1DD
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 8 miles north west of York, off the A19
Website: Beningbrough Hall
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SE516 586
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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