The south front of Wallington. Photograph 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

The house dates from the age of William and Mary, c. 1688, but was extensively remodelled "into a fashionable and elegant modern establishment" in the eighteenth century (Batchelor 23), with fine rococo plasterwork inside. The central hall, which had previously been a courtyard, was designed by John Dobson with input from Ruskin, from 1852-3. Dobson continued to be involved with the project for some time. "As it stands now, Wallington is a proud record of the North-East's history in its paintings, and of its workmanlike ingenuity in John Dobson's design" (Batchelor, 125).

In the study is the desk at which Thomas Babbington Macaulay wrote his History of England (Macaulay was the brother-in-law of Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan, who inherited the estate on his cousin Walter Trevelyan's death).

References

Batchelor, John. Lady Trevelyan and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. London: Chatto & Windus, 2006. [Review by JB.]


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