Langley Hall

Originally designed by the great 18th century landscape gardener, Capability Brown, Langley’s Grade 1 listed grounds really are a site to behold.

The Main Hall was originally built in 1737 for Richard Berney on 25 hectares (60 acres) of land that, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, belonged to Langley Abbey. It was sold a few years later to George Proctor, who commissioned Matthew Brettingham to remodel the building. It was built in the Palladian architectural style of nearby Holkham Hall, although much smaller.

Comprising of a large principal central block of red brick construction with lead and slate roofs, linked to two flanking secondary wings by short corridors, Langley Hall was inherited by Proctor’s nephew, Sir William Beauchamp in 1744.  The family later changed their name to Proctor-Beauchamp and employed Lancelot ’Capability’ Brown to advise on the landscaping.

The Main House was later enlarged with the addition of corner turrets and wings, with the addition of an early 19th century Doric entrance portico with balustrade at the first-floor level.

Comprising of a large principal central block of red brick construction with lead and slate roofs, linked to two flanking secondary wings by short corridors, Langley Hall was inherited by Proctor’s nephew, Sir William Beauchamp in 1744.  The family later changed their name to Proctor-Beauchamp and employed Lancelot ’Capability’ Brown to advise on the landscaping.

The Main House was later enlarged with the addition of corner turrets and wings, with the addition of an early 19th century Doric entrance portico with balustrade at the first-floor level.

The interior of the Hall boasts fine plaster decorations in the library attributed to the court sculptor of Frederick V of Denmark, Charles Stanley. The ceiling in the ladies’ salon, was painted by Andien de Clermont prior to his return to France in 1755 and features Greek mythological scenes in ornate panel surrounds. The entrance hall with domed centrepiece to the ceiling contains four allegorical figures and four roundels with heads in profile.  The Ballroom has a very ornate 19th century Baroque ceiling and cornice, with white marble fire surround with figures in bas-relief and plaster panelled over mantle.

The interior of the Hall boasts fine plaster decorations in the library attributed to the court sculptor of Frederick V of Denmark, Charles Stanley. The ceiling in the ladies’ salon, was painted by Andien de Clermont prior to his return to France in 1755 and features Greek mythological scenes in ornate panel surrounds. The entrance hall with domed centrepiece to the ceiling contains four allegorical figures and four roundels with heads in profile.  The Ballroom has a very ornate 19th century Baroque ceiling and cornice, with white marble fire surround with figures in bas-relief and plaster panelled over mantle.

The Estate remained in the Proctor-Beauchamp family until the 20th century.  During the second world war the house was occupied by the army and the pastureland ploughed.

In more modern times, the hall has become home to a vibrant and friendly co-educational, inclusive, day and boarding school from 2-18. The beautiful rooms come to life every day and are filled with the hustle and bustle of busy school life. The continuous learning from students and staff alike around the incredible history which surrounds them, makes this a truly remarkable place to be.

The Estate remained in the Proctor-Beauchamp family until the 20th century.  During the second world war the house was occupied by the army and the pastureland ploughed.

In more modern times, the hall has become home to a vibrant and friendly co-educational, inclusive, day and boarding school from 2-18. The beautiful rooms come to life every day and are filled with the hustle and bustle of busy school life. The continuous learning from students and staff alike around the incredible history which surrounds them, makes this a truly remarkable place to be.

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