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Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire: Soane's clerestory light to the main staircase

RIBA Ref No RIBA130718
Architect/DesignerGibbs, James (1682-1754)
Flitcroft, Henry (1697-1769)
Soane, Sir John (1753-1837)
Kendall, Henry Edward (1776-1875)
Artist/PhotographerCharles, Martin (1940-2012)
CountryUK: England
CityCambridge
Subject Date1700
Image Date1986
ViewInterior | Worm's-eye
StyleNeoclassical
MediumNegative
Library ReferenceMC A240286
OrientationPortrait
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditMartin Charles / RIBA Collections
SubjectCountry houses ; Windows
NOTES: The house dates originally from c. 1640, when it was begun and possibly designed by its owner Sir Thomas Chicheley. It subsequently underwent many alterations. From 1693-1710 a detached orangery to the rear and a service wing were added. From 1713 James Gibbs added wings and library to the north-west. In 1742-1745 the central block was reroofed and the elevations reconstructed by the architect Henry Flitcroft. Another wing was added on the garden side to balance the library. Between 1791-1806 the interiors were remodelled by John Soane The last phase was the extension of the east and west wings by H. E. Kendall (senior) in 1842 (largely demolished in 1953). The house was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1976. The top lighting was necessary because the construction of Soane's bath house and stairs blocked the Venetian window (top of which is just visible) that formerly lit the staircase. See RIBA158778 for a colour version of this image.
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