A brief history of Beningbrough
Beningbrough is an enigma. It is one of the most remarkable baroque houses in England, with richly carved and finished interiors, but almost nothing is known of its building history.
The present hall
In 1700 John Bourchier inherited the estate, and in 1704 embarked on a grand tour of Europe, spending almost two years in Italy. On his return and inspired by the Italianate baroque architectural style, John planned and built the current hall, with William Thornton as his chief craftsman. Thornton was responsible for the main cantilevered staircase and the fine woodcarving in the hall. Completed in 1716, the hall now stands proud at more than 300 years old.