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18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens
Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. Commissioned by Sir Rowland Winn in 1733, James Paine built the house. Later additions by Robert Adam created exceptional interiors.
Visitors can explore 121 hectares (300 acres) of parkland with a range of walks and views. Gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground.
Inside the house, see a collection of Chippendale furniture made specially for Nostell. Paintings by Brueghel, Hogarth and Kauffmann. A John Harrison (Longitude) longcase clock and an 18th-century dolls' house. The restored Butler's Pantry is also open to view this year.
Events and highlights
Red Poppies and White Butterflies
To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One Nostell Priory has been discovering the small stories of the Great War – stories of loss and of hope, for rich and for poor, landowner, labour and maid. We have a host of exciting events, activities and workshops planned for 2014. See our events list or visit our project homepage to find out more.
The Winns at War
War World One was a time of heroism, sacrifice and scandal for the Winn family of Nostell Priory. Discover their World War One story here.
Lost voices of WW1
Listen to voices from Nostell's World War One past brought to life by actors from Yew Tree Youth Theatre. Hear the voices of Rowland and Charles Winn as they struggle with life on the front lines, or that of their sister Edith and her desperate attempt to assure her father that she had made a suitable match in Guy Westmacott. Also that of army chaplain G.M Ambrose charged with the sad duty of informing John Turton's family that he had succumbed to gas poisoning.
Small Stories of the Great War
Read some of the small stories of the Great War visitors and volunteers have been sharing with us at Nostell Priory.
Visitors remember their WW1 ancestors
Read some of the poignant messages visitors to Nostell have left on our meadow wall in the Old Kitchen. The red poppies and white butterflies speak powerfully of the profound sacrifices made by so many during World War One.