Long Gallery

Except for the Georgian fireplace and decorative plasterwork, the Long Gallery may look much as it did when the Hall was built in the 1620s. The Gallery is 70 feet long and runs from the east tower, looking over the parkland and avenue of lime trees, to the west tower, looking over the 1990s’ lake created by gravel extraction, to the mid 18th or early 19th century folly and Wensleydale.

Long galleries provided space for gentle indoor exercise in bad weather and were also portrait galleries for the family’s illustrious ancestors. The Long Gallery houses paintings and furniture left by Kiplin’s previous owners, mostly dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Note the sloping door frames caused by movement of the building!

The Paintings

You will find details of the paintings on laminated sheets. Look out for James I above the fireplace and the young Flemish and Spanish boys to his left and right. On the opposite wall are two large paintings of Venice by Luca Carlevarijs, a predecessor of Canaletto. One is an original and one a copy of a painting sold from Kiplin - can you tell which is which?

The Furniture

There are small Flemish cabinets and large lacquered Chinese coffers either side of the fireplace, with English chests opposite. A Spanish reclining chair sits to the left of the door through which you entered.

The early 17th century tapestry shows Elijah and the Priests of Baal, with the prophet calling on God to light his sacrificial fire. Below is a leather blackjack, inscribed Oliver Cromwell, 1653, Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland on the silver rim, although it may be a 19th century copy. The 17th century postillion’s boots protected his legs while riding on the front left horse of a carriage pulled by several pairs of horses. The huge blue and white jar by the fireplace is Kangxi from China.