Stately home’s chequered past revealed

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A exhibition charting the fall and rise of a leading country house is opening to the public.

The exhibition shows how Lamport Hall, home to the Isham family, narrowly escaped being demolished in the 20th century.

The hall is now looked after by the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust. The trust’s assistant manager Neil Lyon said: “The Isham family had to rent the hall out from 1907 to 1932 as they could no longer afford to live there, and then it lay empty until the war. It was badly treated by troops after it was requisitioned in 1942, and was then hit by two major outbreaks of dry rot.

“It was only through the sheer determination of its last owner, Sir Gyles Isham, that Lamport survived.”

Visitors will be able to see the exhibition in the stable block at the hall during Lamport Arts Week, which runs from Saturday, June 22, to Friday, June 28, from 10am to 4pm. There will also be exhibits by the Northampton Town and County Arts Society and the Northampton Guild of Designer Craftsmen.

Entry is free and refreshments are available.

The hall and gardens will also be open to visitors on Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27, from 2pm to 5pm. For details go to