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Brodsworth Hall & Gardens

   
Address : Brodsworth
Town/City : Doncaster
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : DN5 7XJ
Web Site :  www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens

Catch a glimpse of Victorian life at this 'conserved as found' country house.


Brodsworth Hall was built and the pleasure gardens laid out, in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants. It survived with remarkably few changes until taken on by English Heritage in 1990. The gardens have been restored, and the faded and worn interiors gently conserved, telling the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here. Wander the many rooms of the house, roam the gorgeous gardens, stop for tea in the tearoom, and discover the recently restored game larder.

Brodsworth survives as a remarkable ensemble of a mid-Victorian country house, with its contents and gardens, lived in and adapted by the same family over three generations. The hall stands at the heart of the gardens newly laid out around it in the 1860s, and overlooks its historic park and wider estate landscape.

Brodsworth was built in soft local magnesian limestone in the Italianate style much used for both country houses and urban buildings in the preceding decades. It was intended not just for a gentry family and their guests, but also all the servants and activities required to support them.

This is reflected in the simple T-shaped plan of the house, and the relative scale and architectural detail of its two blocks. The two-storey main block has a strongly horizontal emphasis, with large plate-glass windows, banded stonework and restrained classical detailing. The roof is hidden behind a balustrade with urns emphasising the entrance and the two sections of the long south front which house the principal reception rooms.

In 2020 Brodsworth Hall will be celebrating 25 years of being open to the public. This will be marked by a series of events and exhibitions running throughout the year.

Events 2020:

4 - 19 April
10.00am - 5.00pm
Easter Adventure Quest -
join the hunt for dragon eggs

8 - 10 May
11.00am - 5.00pm
Swing into spring - Hear Yorkshire's finest swing bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall

23 - 31 May
Zoolab - Join the ZooLab ranger for an exciting animal handling experience

21 June
11.00am - 3.00pm
Classic Cars. Join your fellow car enthusiasts in marveling over some classic cars this summer.

27 - 28 June
11.00am - 5.00pm
Blooming Gardens. Explore Brodsworth Hall's beautiful historic gardens at their blooming best with tours, demonstrations and stalls. Our gardeners will be on hand throughout the day to share their hints and tips.

4 - 5 July
11.00am - 5.00pm
Anniversary Celebration. Celebrate 25 years since Brodsworth Hall opened to the public. Brass band on the Saturday.

5 July- 27 Sept
Sundays only, except 9 August
2pm
Brass Band Season.
Hear Yorkshire's finest bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and relax with an afternoon of superb music. The band will play from 2pm for approximately 2 hours, including an interval.

 

Brodsworth J970242Brodsworth 421F8

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