Visiting Belton House in Lincolnshire

St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Belton. (Not National Trust).

Even though I come from Lincolnshire I had never been to Belton House. It’s near Gratham and about 20 miles south of Lincoln. I was born and brought up in Louth in the north of the county. Lincolnshire has been described as flat and boring but that’s wrong. It’s a large county with a varied landscape with a wonderful cathedral perched high over the city of Lincoln and can be see from miles around. There’s interesting market towns full of character, lots of good walks throughout the county and cycle tracks. The Lincolnshire Wolds consist of soft undulating hills and the coastline boasts some of the finest beaches in the country. From Barton Upon Humber in the north down to Spalding in the south, the visitor will find variety, friendly people and lots to see and do.

We visit at least once a year and on this occasion we decided to call in on Belton House before driving up to Louth. It was a beautiful sunny day as you can see from the pictures.

According to the website for the church of St Peter & St Paul, their regular services are well attended and very much the centre of village life.

The church has a collection of what is described as funerary monuments, you can see a couple in the picture. The church dates from the 14th century with a mausoleum to the Brownlow family added on in the early 19th century. Beautiful stained glass windows.

The layout of the gardens there is very formal. Lots of gardeners were working keeping everything tidy but were quite happy to pause for a chat.

The house is quite an austere building from this side especially when the sun isn’t shining on it.

We found the rooms inside the house really interesting; full of artefacts, paintings, oriental wall coverings, period furniture as you would expect and sumptious furnishings. A real treasure of a house belonging to the National Trust and great to have the freedom just to wander round the rooms.

An eclectic mix of objects in each room.
Paintings galore including late 1600’s English portraiture.

I’m not a great fan of the large, dark, family paintings which often hang on the walls of these old houses but now again I spot one that I really love. In Belton House there were three portraits I particualrly liked. What a great pose by ‘Kitty’ Brownlow.

Left – Emmeline ‘Nina’ Mary Elizabeth Welby-Gregory, became on marriage, Mrs Henry John Cockayne-Cust (1867-1955) by The Hon. John Collier Middle- Nina’s charcoal drawing which was used as reference for her painted plaster self-portrait. (She was a sculptor). Right – Katherine ‘Kitty’ Hariet Kinloch, Lady Brownlow (d.1952)

There was also an interesting display of the robes and coronet worn by Edward Cust, the 7th Baron who died in 2021 aged 85. He gave the House to the National Trust in 1984. The present Lord Brownlow born in 1963 is also a life peer.

Love the detail in the coronet finished off with an ermine trim.

Back outside we admired the front of the House which looked rather splendid in the sunshine.

The Main Entrance
The stable yard and cafe and gift shop.

Just a quick look around the gift shop and it was time to get on our way again and head towards Louth. More about this trip will follow in my next Blog.