Wimpole has a rich history of different owners, all putting their mark on the architecture and interior design of the building.
A laundry for books
When you visit the Red Room on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you can meet the paper conservators and watch their simple, but miraculous, paper-washing methods.
Captain George and Mrs Elsie Bambridge bought Wimpole in 1938, with the Hall almost entirely empty of contents.
Over the next 40 years the Bambridges slowly furnished and decorated the house, seeking out pieces that were either once at Wimpole, or had strong connections to the estate or previous owners.
Yellow Drawing Room
Sir John Soane designed this dramatic interior in 1793, removing seven rooms and a staircase to make way for it. This was the setting for Queen Victoria’s reception 50 years later.
The library was built by James Gibbs in 1730. And today our book collection has 10,000 titles. It was the prize possession of the 1st Earl of Hardwick who was an avid collector and lover of books.
The basements at Wimpole give a fantastic example of life below stairs.
The Housekeeper's Room and Dry Store evoke memories of times past.
Imagine the bells ringing, cooking smells and the hustle and bustle in the basements, providing an excellent service to the owners upstairs.
The owners of Wimpole Hall commissioned some of England’s finest architects to make their mark on the building.
Gibbs, Flitcroft, Soane and Kendall have all left fantastic examples of their work - some of which can be seen side by side.
Come and find out about the watery process involved in removing stains from water-damaged books. Specialist paper conservators are in action Monday - Thursday with a small visual display at other times.
Behind the scenes
Book on a Basement Tour to see rooms not normally open to visitors. First and third Thursday of every month, booking essential:
0844 249 1895
Did you know...
- There are 88 lion heads in the Yellow Drawing Room
- Thomas Chicheley was considered one of Britain's best tennis players
- Queen Victoria stayed here for two nights in 1843
- Edward, Lord Harley's library had 50,000 books and 350,000 prints
- Mrs Bambridge, Rudyard Kipling's daughter, gave us Wimpole in 1976