Kiplin Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Trustees of Kiplin Hall Estate
A handsome Jacobean house set in wooded countryside, Kiplin Hall was built in the 1620s as a country seat for George Calvert, founder of Maryland, USA. Over 400 years, the Calvert, Crowe, Carpenter and Talbot families – all related by blood or marriage – have successively made their mark on the house, altering it to suit their needs and tastes.
Today, the furnishings, paintings and personal possessions of successive generations of occupants, are displayed against the backdrop of the Hall’s Jacobean and late Victorian interiors.
Kiplin Hall in Time of War
The Duty Calls exhibition at Kiplin Hall focused on the military roles and contributions of members of the Crowe and Talbot families from the 18th century through to the 20th century. The exhibition drew on an extensive archive of family papers as well as oral histories, exploring the involvement of both male and female family members in conflict. Alongside the careers of Christopher and Robert Crowe who raised local militia and yeomanry cavalry during the 18th century, the exhibition highlighted the remarkable example of Bridget Talbot, who ran canteens to feed soldiers on the Italian-Austrian front during the First World War and invented a crucial piece of naval equipment used in the Second.