David takes a look at two properties – Kiplin Hall, near Richmond, and Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham – which are footnotes in the history of the USA.
Two houses with a claim to having had an influence on the development of the United States of America are within reasonable distance of Ripon for a day’s visit. One was the home to a 17th-century pioneer; the other was the power base of an aristocrat who eventually saw Britain’s American colonies lost to independence.
First, let’s go north to Kiplin Hall. In many ways it is a typical late-Elizabethan or early-Jacobean house. Built of red brick, it has echoes of more famous contemporary mansions, like Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, Blickling Hall in Norfolk and Aston Hall in Birmingham.