Newstead Abbey features a collection of items that span the centuries, from when Newstead first became a private house, right up to the present day. It includes paintings, objects, letters, maps and photographs associated with the estate, including a collection of the eighteenth century views of Newstead Abbey by artist Pieter Tillemans. Visitors can linger over displays and reading material in the Gothic Revival Library, or marvel at the expansive panelling in the Great Hall, all reputed to have come from a single oak tree.
The Poet Lord Byron
Heralded by many as the greatest romantic poet of his time, Byron lived at Newstead Abbey 1808 and 1814. See personal items in furniture, letters, manuscripts and portraits, plus his gilt wood bed, pistol and the desk at which he wrote much of his finest poetry.
Founded as a monastic house in the twelfth century, Newstead retains its medieval character. Dating from the late thirteenth century, marvel at the surviving church structure of the West Front. See the cloisters, Chapter House (now Chapel), stone carvings and manuscripts.
Byron sold the Abbey in 1818 to Thomas Wildmam in whose hands it remained until 1861 when purchased by William Frederick Webb, an African explorer. View Victorian room settings, paintings, letters, deeds and diaries, as well as photo albums of the Abbey, its interiors and gardens, through time.
Newstead through the ages
The house includes collections spanning centuries: from when the Abbey became a private house, to the present day. Comprising paintings, letters, maps and photographs – and eighteenth century views by artist Pieter Tillemans - browse the Gothic Revival Library and panelling of the Great Hall - reputedly sourced from a single oak.