SE2967 : Markenfield Hall - chapel interior (2)

taken 17 days ago, near to Markington, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Markenfield Hall - chapel interior (2)
Markenfield Hall - chapel interior (2)
One of the most interesting things about Markenfield, apart from the buildings having remained unaltered for so long, is that the estate effectively forms its own ecclesiastical parish, outwith the Church of England system, and has remained Roman Catholic throughout its history.

The chapel was restored in recent years - the north wall to the left of the photo having been completely rebuilt - and now hosts alternate Anglican and Catholic services each month. I expect the new female Bishop of Ripon will be hoping for an invitation.
Markenfield Hall
The first mention of the Hall comes in the Domesday Book of 1086 and a house in one form or another has stood on the site to this day. The earliest part of today’s house was built around 1230, pre-1310 very little is known. King Edward II granted the License to Crenelate on 28th February 1310, when the present house began to take shape. In 1761 the Hall was bought by lawyer and MP Fletcher Norton, who went on to become Solicitor General although he never lived in the house. When he bought Markenfield Hall it was in a poor condition, with the Great Hall being partly open to the elements. He re-roofed, making it water-tight once more and in doing so saved the Hall from ruin. When elevated to the peerage he took the title Lord Grantley of Markenfield; which it remains to this day. The Hall passed through subsequent generations of Lords Grantley, none of who ever lived at the Hall and it continued in its role of Tenanted Farmhouse until the 1980s when 7th Lord Grantley, together with Lady Grantley, began a programme of restoration that would see the house returned to some of its former glory and a family home once more.
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Monday, 7 May, 2018   (more nearby)
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Monday, 14 May, 2018
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Religious sites  Country estates 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2946 6738 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2946 6738
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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