Unveiling the historical life of the Brodsworth Hall Victorian Country House was designed in the 1860s as an up—to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants. This survived with relatively few changes until it was taken over by the English Heritage in 1990. The pleasure gardens were restored, and the fading and tired interiors were gently preserved, telling the tale of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here. Wander around this magnificent Victorian country house, walk through the beautiful gardens, pause for tea in the tearoom, and explore the children's play area.
What is the history of Brodsworth Hall and Gardens to the present day?
George Henry Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoull, purchased the Brodsworth estate from Sir John Wentworth in 1713 and restored the Georgian-style house, but lost his money in the collapse of the South Sea Bubble in 1720 and was forced to take the role of Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. The second son Robert, later Archbishop of York, then resided on the estate and made a variety of changes to the house and the grounds. Once he died in 1777, the house remained vacant, and after his eldest son had become the 10th Earl of Kinnoull in 1787, he sold the property to Peter Thellusson (1737–1797) of the Swiss banking family in 1790.