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28th January 2013
The secrets of one of the country’s finest Georgian town houses – and the collection of outstanding furniture it houses – is the subject of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 7 February.

York’s Fairfax House, designed by the city’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr, was built as the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. In the twentieth century its rich interiors were drastically adapted to become a cinema and dance hall; it was rescued and restored in the 1980s by York Civic Trust.

The house now hosts the Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, given to York Civic Trust on the death in 1978 of Noel Terry, a member of the chocolate-making family. Terry began collecting in 1918, and formed an outstanding collection of English furniture, now appropriately displayed in the rooms of Fairfax House.

The illustrated talk, ‘Fairfax House and the Noel Terry Collection’, will be given by Julia Mander, a long-standing volunteer for York Civic Trust.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘Fairfax House is a great survivor – it was so nearly lost when its role as a cinema ended, and its rescue and triumphant restoration are a great tribute to York Civic Trust. Julia Mander’s talk will let us into the secrets of its history, and introduce us to a feast of fine furniture, too.’

Everyone is welcome to the talk, which takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 7 February at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. There is a charge of £3.00 for anyone who is not a Civic Society member.

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