It was once the residence of a branch of the Blackett family. It was purchased by Sir Edward Blackett, 2nd bt. (a descendant of the Hoppyland Blacketts) in the 1690s. He demolished the old manor house which apparently was located nearer to the river. Sir Edward began the building of the main block of Newby Hall which was constructed under the guidance of Sir Christopher Wren. In 1718, shortly before his death, Sir Edward included Newby in the marriage settlement of his 2nd surviving son, John, on John’s marriage that year to Patience Wise. It seems possible that Sir Edward did so through having been displeased at the marriage in 1716 of his heir, Sir Edward Blackett, 3rd bt., to Mary Roberts (nee Jekyll), who was eight years older than Edward, and the widow of a merchant.
Newby Hall was purchased from the Blacketts by Richard Weddell in 1748; external additions were made and it was altered internally, and is a fine example of an Adam house. Newby Hall has remained in the same family since 1748. The present owner is Richard Compton who is descended from William Weddell and also from Elizabeth Blackett, Sir Edward Blackett’s elder sister. It is beautifully located with many interesting features and beautiful gardens. It has its own website which gives much information on its history down to the present day as well as events and opening times. A visit to Newby Hall is a fantastic day out; it is not far from Ripon Cathedral where the Newby Blacketts are buried.[i]
RIPON CATHEDRAL, RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE.
Photographs taken of some of the Blackett tombs and memorial tablets inside the Cathedral. Used by kind permission of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral.
The elaborate tomb of Sir Edward Blackett of Newby Hall, eldest son of Sir William Blackett of Newcastle upon Tyne. Depicted standing at either side of Sir Edward are two of his three wives, Mary Norton and Mary Yorke. Diana, Lady Delaval was his third wife. The Blackett Coat of Arms is displayed between two cherubs at the top. The inscription gives much detail of Sir Edward’s wives and children.
Newby Hall featured as Mansfield Park in the 2007 TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, which was filmed entirely on location there. Filming also took place there in 2008 for “Robinson Crusoe”, based on the Daniel Defoe classic, starring Sam Neill and Sean Bean.
[i] Details of opening times, etc. can be found on the Newby Hall website.