Exhibitions and Special Collections
2015 Archaeology Exhibition - Charting Chipeling - One Thousand and One Finds
The 2014 Heritage Lottery funded archaeology project, which was carried out by Solstice Heritage, has added to our knowledge of the area around Kiplin, which was recorded as ‘Chipeling’ in the Domesday survey of 1086.
Through the millennia before the township of Chipeling existed, the area was home to prehistoric hunter-gatherers, early farmers and invading Romans who founded the town of Catterick. Later there were Saxon kings and warriors, and medieval monks farmed the land at Kiplin and milled grain to support nearby Easby Abbey.
The Earl and Countess of Tyrconnel took an interest in archaeology, and late Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon objects were found on the estate, including 3 late Bronze Age gold torque-shaped bracelets.
In 2014 excavation trenches produced 1,001 small finds ranging from Mesolithic flints to Arts and Crafts pottery, indicating activity for thousands of years.
Tantalisingly, a medieval road and the demolished remains of a possibly late medieval building were also discovered.
A gold bracelet and some of the finds are displayed in the exhibition.
In addition to our general collection of material relating to the history of Kiplin and its use as a family home for four centuries, we have some special collections relating to particular periods in the house's history or the interests of some of the people who lived in it.
The collections which we currently highlight include those relating the the Arts and Crafts Movement, a special interest of Mrs Beatrice Carpenter and material linked to G.F. Watts, amongst whose close female friends and supporters were the beautiful Ladies Pembroke, Brownlow and Lothian, sisters of Walter Cecil Talbot, owner of Kiplin Hall from 1868 - 1904.