History

Nostell Priory: a grand design

View of Nostell Priory

View of Nostell Priory

Fifty years, three generations, three architects and some of the greatest craftsmen of the Georgian age contributed to the creation of Nostell Priory, yet work was never quite finished. Nostell's creative heyday began when the young Sir Rowland Winn employed Robert Adam and Thomas Chippendale to create the sumptuous rooms still on display today. They spared no expense - until the money ran out and work ceased. However family life went on, the Winns' fortunes revived with each generation adding to the richness of Nostell's story and collections.

Don't miss...

  • Nostell’s inspiring Robert Adam interiors.
  • Our world-class collection of Chippendale furniture.
  • Paintings by Pieter Breughel the Younger, William Hogarth and Angelica Kauffman.
  • Intricate and beautiful 18th-century decorative plasterwork.
  • Wonderful sculptural works by Joseph Nollekens and Richard Wyatt.
  • Our magnificent 18th-century dolls' house.
  • Our stunning 18th-century pleasure grounds and gardens.

A historic house

Follow our timeline and find out more about the history of Nostell Priory from its time as a monastery, to its dissolution under Henry VIII, and its transformation into a neo-classical masterpiece.

Collection highlights

Whether you're looking for exquisite craftsmanship by Robert Adam, a world class collection of Chippendale furniture or masterpieces by leading artists, Nostell Priory has it all. 

Nostell's archives

Nostell Priory has an extensive archive which is cared for by the West Yorkshire Archive Service. The collection includes a fascinating array of letters, photos, plans, account books and much more.

The Winn Family 1914–1918

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