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News Release - Issued by Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Hidden stories revealed this winter at Beningbrough

Parts of the hall are put to bed for the annual conservation clean throughout winter but during a weekend visit there is the opportunity to uncover layers of the past and glimpse into the lost details of the garden and hall.

Transparent views using photographs and sketches, many from the archives, are used around the site offering visitors a chance to find out a little more about life at Beningbrough and the people who created the place we now see.

One of the stories illustrated by a painting by John Joseph Bouttats and John Chapman poses a question the National Trust still can’t confidently answer; were there ever wings on the north front? There are several clues which could lead you one way or the other. Other stories show old photographs of how parts of the estate used to look or sketches are used. Some sketches are from historic records and others are artist impressions including the presentation of a very different saloon to which we see today. The walls are blue and yellow and the room is punctuated with service beds for the air crews billeted at the hall during WWII.

Joanne Parker, Events and Marketing Coordinator said, “For those of us who know Beningbrough well it’s often these little stories and less know facts that are the most evocative about the place. There’s nothing like standing on a spot with an old image and imagining life there 100, 200 or 300 years ago”.

There are twelve stories in total to be discovered as part of a weekend visit throughout winter. The restaurant will be serving warming casseroles or pies on Saturdays and roast lunches on Sundays.

For more information about visiting Beningbrough, tel: 01904 472027, visit like us at or follow us on Twitter @NTBeningbrough.

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Notes to editor:

As the hidden stories are running until end Feb 2015 this could be run at any time to suit, happily get in touch to arrange a time for photographs and potentially some of the archives sent over to supplement a story.

For more information, interviews or images please contact:
Jo Parker
01904 472017/472027

For more information on Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
twitter: @NTBeningbrough

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