Castle Howard, Malton, North Yorkshire
Castle Howard Estate
Home to the Howard family for more than 300 years, Castle Howard was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh as a magnificent baroque mansion for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle. Begun in 1699, its creation over the course of the next century spanned the lifetime of three earls and bears testament to their differing architectural tastes in the contrasting Palladian-style west wing, added in the 1750s.
The dramatic interiors designed for both ‘magnificence and convenience’ form a suitably impressive setting for the family’s world famous collection of master paintings, antiquities, bronzes, fine furniture and tapestries, gathered by successive generations on their Grand Tours of Europe.
Duty Calls: Castle Howard in Time of War
While generations of Howard sons went to fight overseas the impact of war was often more powerfully felt at home. Between 1815 and 1944 five Howards were killed in action, and for the family war was a time of anxiety as well as bereavement; this was an experience shared with staff and tenants, many of whom are commemorated on war memorials in estate villages. Belgian refugees, enemy prisoners, evacuees, fire, and crashed aircraft also meant that the impact of war in both world wars was never far away from Castle Howard.
25 May 2013 to end of 2015