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Dining Room

One of the gems of the castle. This room is considered one of the finest carved rooms in England outside of the Houses of Parliament. It was designed by Benjamin Baud, one of the finalists in the l835 competition for the design of the new House of Parliament. You can see here one of the reasons that not many Gothic style houses were constructed. Unlike the Georgian house, where designs are in plaster and duplicated in a mould, each panel in a Gothic house had to be individually carved making it much more expensive to construct. Note the magnificent fireplace which fortunately survived the auction of 1965. With a fire and candles lit, the warmth and glow of the woodwork is truly enchanting.

The stained glass armorial windows are not only beautiful but very important and are original to the castle. The Gothic table and chairs are original to the house having been purchased separately, after the castle purchase, from storage at the Stourton house in Scotland. Note the Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton crests embossed into the leather.The Gothic sconces, similar to the ones in the Great Hall, are original to the house and were originally gas. The Dining Room table, window table and the two Dumb Waiters are original to the house. The table extends from 6ft. to 26ft. Note the seadogs that support the window table. The Gothic revival jeweled candelabras are c1848. The tapestries are copies of the originals in the Cluny Abbey Museum near Paris. The carpet is one of those designed by Dr. Rolph and woven by hand in Bucharest for this room.

Affects of the fire:

The fire totally vaporized everything in this room from the ground below to the sky above and between the brick walls. Fortunately the furniture and carpet were not in the room at the time, and thus survived. Dr. Rolph had committed the Foundation to bring this room back to its original condition and this challenge should be met and completed in 2012. As the stone of the original fireplace was crumbling, the fire pulled most of the strength from the stone. It was dismantled and the 9 tons of stone blocks were placed into 13 crates and sent to China to be duplicated with this stated challenge “are the present day Chinese stone carvers equal to the carvers in England in c1850?”. The result, now back in the Dining Room, is “equal if not better”. Most of the oak wood carvings were also carved in China. What could be milled, was done here in Yorkshire. The intricate fitting of all the wood was done by the castle restoration team. The Stained Glass windows were recreated by Paul Lucker here in Yorkshire.