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Tissington Hall

Tissington HallTissington Hall is the focal point of the model village bearing the same name, a short distance away from Ashbourne and famous for it's annual Well Dressings. The Hall is the home of the Fitzherberts, a branch of the great Derbyshire family headed by Lord Stafford, whose ancient seats were at Norbury Manor and Somersal Herbert. Norman Fitzherbert, a younger son, aquired Tissington in the 1460's by marriage and the family have lived there ever since.

The present house was built by Francis FitzHerbert in the reign of James 1st and is a very fine example of the architecture of that period.

The whole roof is hidden by a parapet and is topped by ornate chimneys. The FitzHerbert coat of arms is portrayed above the two-storey porch and the windows are mullioned and transomed. In front of the house is a low wall with a fine central gateway.

Inside, the large central entrance hall has its original panelling and neo-Gothic plasterwork and an elaborate fireplace from about 1750. The ornately carved staircase is also original. The drawing room is on the upper floor and has handsome panelling with fluted pilasters. The terraced gardens were laid out in 1913 and offer lovely views over the surrounding countryside and over grassy banks to the Parish Church of St Marys.

The house had some restoration work done in the 20th century, carried out by Arnold Mitchell who also designed the library wing.

Tissington contains many treasures accumulated by the families over the centuries and includes fine furniture and paintings by Reynolds, Velazquez, Rubens and Angelica Kauffmann.