Stately home ‘lost’ for 200 years revealed
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.”