Constable Burton Hall

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Not to be confused with Burton Constable Hall
Constable Burton Hall
North Riding
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Constable Burton Hall
Grid reference: SE163911
Location: 54°18’58"N, 1°45’0"W
Village: Constable Burton
For: Sir Marmaduke Wyvill
by John Carr
country house
Owned by: Wyvill family

Constable Burton Hall is a grade I-listed Georgian mansion of dressed stone in an extensive and well wooded park in the village of Constable Burton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and which is privately owned by the Wyvill family.

The house ia a two-storey ashlar faced structure with a five bay frontage having an elegant recessed Ionic portico. The principal entrance is approached by a double flight of steps. The side elevation has a pediment and there is a large projecting bay to the rear of the house.


Marmaduke Wyvill (1815–1896)

The estate came into the Wyvill family by marriage in the reign of Edward VI and a house was constructed in Elizabethan times to an H-shaped floor plan. In 1611, Marmaduke Wyvill was created a baronet. The house then passed down to the 7th Baronet, also Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, who in 1768 commissioned John Carr of York to renovate it in the Palladian style. The 7th Baronet was Sheriff of Yorkshire for 1773 and died unmarried in 1774, causing the baronetcy to be extinguished.

Sir Marmaduke left the estate to his cousin and brother-in-law, the Rev. Christopher Wyvill, from whom it descended in turn through the latter's son Marmaduke, a Member of Parliament for York, to Marmaduke's son, also Marmaduke (1815–1896). He represented Richmond in Parliament for many years and was also a world class chess player. The current owner is his grandson, Charles Wyvill.[1]

In 1967, the hall was listed as a grade I listed building. The gardens of the hall are open to the public, and the pub in the village is called The Wyvill Arms.

On television

The hall was featured in the television series Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "Be Prepared", as the home of Major Headingley.

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