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Temple Newsam, a Tudor-Jacobean house, was home to many plots

Posted in Architecture, Country House, Historical articles, History on Friday, 27 April 2012

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This edited article about Temple Newsam originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 696 published on 17 May 1975.

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Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is so called because originally it was a preceptory or community of the Knights Templar. Lord Darnley who afterwards became the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, was born here in 1545.

During the reign of Elizabeth I, its walls held many grim secrets. It was one of the chief meeting places for people connected with plotting against Elizabeth I and her nobles. Many famous and infamous English and Scottish names were to be met with in those days at Temple Newsam.

The manor house was later acquired by Sir Arthur Ingram, whose descendants became Viscount Irwin. It is a splendid example of an English country mansion and it has its own superb style.

Many Jacobean buildings were very ornate and tasteless in design, but the simple dignity of Temple Newsam represents the best possible taste of the early years of Charles I.

The hall is now the City of Leeds’s principal Art Gallery. It contains some superb furniture, silver, ceramics and a fine collection of pictures.

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