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Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire: the book room fireplace

RIBA Ref No RIBA130710
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
Subject Date1700
Image Date1986
Library ReferenceMC L 200286
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditMartin Charles / RIBA Collections
SubjectCountry houses ; Interior decoration ; Furniture ; Fireplaces ; Libraries ; Mirrors ; Reflections
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 book room, as it was known, was created in 1806 by enlarging Gibb's old ante-library into one bay of the adjoining orangery. See RIBA158775 for a colour version of this image.

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