The house standing in its own grounds (once much larger) was built c. 1760 for the Pennyman family, on a site that once belonged to the medieval hospital of St Giles.
The rooms to be shown are the hall, staircase, drawing room and music room – added around 1770, probably to the designs of the great northern architect John Carr.
They contain a wealth of Georgian detail in plasterwork, marble, wood-carving, furniture and in the drawing room, the famous hand-painted Chinese wallpaper of c.1771 with flowers, insects, frogs and birds. These public rooms are spectacular, and the Hall is Grade I listed as ‘of exceptional interest’.
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