Stately home ‘lost’ for 200 years re­vealed

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Sarah Knap­ton science ed­i­tor

A LOST ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece that was de­mol­ished by the Duke of Devon­shire in 1819 has been spot­ted by aerial ar­chae­ol­o­gists.

Lon­des­bor­ough Hall in East York­shire was built by Frances Clif­ford in 1589 but al­tered in the 1720s by Richard Boyle, the third Earl of Burling­ton, who was the prin­ci­pal pa­tron of the Pal­la­dian move­ment that led to the erec­tion of some of Lon­don’s most beloved build­ings, such as Chiswick House, White­hall and Horse Guards.

Yet at the be­gin­ning of the 19th cen­tury, the debt-rid­den Duke of Devon­shire had the house knocked down, as he could no longer af­ford its up­keep while he was build­ing Chatsworth.

Now, nearly 200 years later, the hot sum­mer has re­vealed the ghostly “blue­print” of the house.

It was spot­ted by Dr Peter Halkon, se­nior lec­turer in ar­chae­ol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Hull.

Un­veil­ing the im­ages at the Bri­tish Science Fes­ti­val in Hull, Dr Halkon said: “For the first time in liv­ing mem­ory, ev­ery room in the ground of Lon­des­bor­ough Hall was re­vealed as if some­one had painted the out­line on the grass.”

Dr Ca­role Fry, also an ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian, said: “This is a very strik­ing im­age that pro­vides an un­usual op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­pret the ar­chi­tec­ture of an im­por­tant his­toric build­ing.”

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