Discover Fountains Hall

Two ladies walking down the steps of fountains hall in autumn

Boasting more than just the abbey, Fountains has many interesting tales to tell, including an Elizabethan hall...

In 1597 Stephen Proctor bought the Fountains Abbey estate and began the construction of Fountains Hall soon after. Sir Stephen Proctor built this elegant mansion as his country home in the early 17th-century. He reused sandstone blocks and a stone staircase from the Abbey but had fresh limestone cut for the windows and main façade. 

Since then several families have called the Hall their home including five generations of the Messengers. The Vyner family were the last to reside in the Hall before it was sold to the West Riding County Council.

The hall has seen many uses over the years – stately home, courthouse, an estate employees’ lodging and a farmer’s house. Today you can still explore the hall and see our informative displays, you can even stay in one of the holiday flats in the hall – or even get married here.


The Settler's Society

Fountains Hall has become home to a brand new exhibition. Discover the untold history of the Settlers Society – a boys training camp set up in the 1930s at Fountains Hall, offering young men from deprived areas of the North East a chance to escape the poverty of the Great Depression. Our interactive new exhibition will tell the personal histories of the boys who lived here.

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