Kiplin's Families and the Estate
Four families have lived here since George Calvert built Kiplin Hall in the early 1620s as a hunting lodge. Starting with the Calverts until 1722, then the Crowes until 1868, the Carpenters until 1904 and ending with the Talbots until 1971 the last family member, Bridget Talbot, gave the Hall and estate to a charity to preserve Kiplin for the Nation.
The founder of Maryland
George Calvert rose far, becoming Secretary of State to James I. He was made Baron Baltimore and was granted the charter to found a colony in America, which would become the state of Maryland. His descendants built the colony and remained owners of Kiplin until 1722.
Christopher Crowe bought Kiplin from his son-in-law in 1722. Christopher had made his fortune in Italy and many of the Italian items in the collection came from him.
A gothic touch
Inheriting the hall from her family in 1818, Sarah Carpenter (nee Crowe) and her husband the 4th Earl of Tyrconnel added the gothic style dining room to the hall. When she died without a direct heir, it was left to his first cousin twice removed, Captain Walter Talbot, on the understanding he would change his surname to Carpenter.
When Admiral Carpenter died in 1904, the hall passed to his daughter Sarah, but was tenanted out, and much of the estate surrounding it was sold off. The final owner was Sarah’s cousin Bridget Talbot, a multi-talented women who supported soldiers on the Italian Front during World War One and invented a waterproof torch for life-jackets which saved many lives.
A new start
Bridget fought hard to preserve Kiplin from demolition after it has been used as an ammunition dump and officers’ quarters during the Second World War. Many times it seemed as though the hall would be demolished, but in 1971 she set up a charitable trust to preserve Kiplin for the Nation.