House’s 500-year-old inventory displayed for first time

A 500-year-old checklist detailing the complete contents of Temple Newsam House when it was first built has gone on display in an exhibition exploring centuries of life above and below stairs. Compiled for Thomas, Lord Darcy, thought to be the house’s first official resident, the fascinating inventory would have served as comprehensive stocktake of…

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High hopes for word perfect rooftop restoration project

When notoriously shrewd Yorkshire investor Sir Arthur Ingram first commissioned the imposing lettering atop Temple Newsam House almost four centuries ago, he certainly got his money’s worth. Thought to be the wordiest architectural addition of its kind anywhere in Britain, the lengthy statement still spans the rooftop today and is one of the mansion’s…

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Miners dig deep to unearth estate’s pit history

A group of ex-pit workers from Leeds have gone back to the coal face, working with volunteers to unearth the history of mining at Temple Newsam. Blot on the Landscape, a new exhibition at Temple Newsam House, explores stories of deep shaft, drift and open cast mining on the estate, which once saw large…

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A nostalgic collection of classic toys at Temple Newsam House for their brilliant Christmas celebrations

Nestling under the tree or carefully placed inside a stocking, they were the must-have toys and games which delighted generations of eager Leeds children on Christmas morning. The nostalgic collection of festive favourites has been brought together for the first time at Temple Newsam House and includes some of the most popular and sought-after…

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Stunning carved creations to strike a chord at Temple Newsam

A collection of exquisitely carved music stands will go on display at Temple Newsam House this week to end the Leeds International Piano Competition on a high note. The group of seven beautifully intricate creations have been crafted by members of the Master Carvers’ Association, inspired by the 300th anniversary of the great Otley-born…

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Journey through time at Temple Newsam this weekend

Take a stroll through the centuries this weekend as the historic Temple Newsam estate travels back in time through several periods of history. Time travellers will have the chance to meet Saxon warriors, Tudor lords and ladies and Second World War civilians when Temple Newsam turns back the clock to host a special programme…

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Object of the week- The state bed at Temple Newsam

Plush, lavish and luxurious, Temple Newsam’s crimson state bed is well and truly fit for a Queen Anne. The eye-catching bed is more than 300 years old and was commissioned in 1711 by John, 1st Earl Poulett as part of a concerted effort to impress his monarch, Queen Anne, who had given him the…

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Object of the week- Puzzle jug

A puzzling pub peculiarity, this dainty-looking jug was once a popular way for landlords to keep their punters entertained. Known as a puzzle jug, the ceramic receptacle is a fine example of a type that was a regular feature in homes and taverns in the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular jug was made…

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Museum-goers set for a gin-credible history lesson, by George!

A delicious taste of the elegance, opulence and extravagance of life in Georgian Britain will be served up to museum-goers in Leeds. The rise of London gin shops and traditional Georgian jellies will be among the topics covered during a fascinating talk at Leeds City Museum, currently home to a stunning collection of furniture…

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New Beer exhibition will be the toast of Temple Newsam

Beneath the lavish halls and chambers of Temple Newsam House, a huge network of cellars was once liberally stocked with thousands upon thousands of gallons of beer. Upstairs, 18th-century aristocrats would host lavish banquets and parties where locally-brewed ales would flow freely and guests would raise a toast to kings and queens. Now that…

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Object of the week- Chippendale lady’s secretaire

A beautifully elaborate example work by a word famous Leeds master craftsman, this beautiful lady’s secretaire will be going on display at Leeds City Museum next month. Made by none other than Thomas Chippendale, the stunning cabinet was created in 1773 and fashioned from specially-imported Chinese lacquer panels. Originally made for the State Bedroom…

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A visit to house’s wonderful workshop is good for your elf

Hidden away, deep inside Temple Newsam House is a fantastically festive creation worthy of Santa’s most enterprising elves. The wonderful workshop will be the latest addition to the beautiful mansion’s spectacular 500 years of Christmas celebrations, which take place this Saturday and Sunday. Crafted entirely from leftover parts taken from previous exhibitions and installations,…

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George Pyke’s Musical Clock

The film explores the workings of the magnificent musical clock and automaton made by the royal clockmaker George Pyke in 1765. It is one of the great treasures of Temple Newsam and was comprehensively restored in 2014 and brought back into full working order for the enjoyment of our visitors. We see how the…

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