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Long gallery

Hardwick Hall's long gallery in the 1890s
Haddon Hall's long gallery c.1890

In architecture, a long gallery is a long, narrow room, often with a high ceiling. In Britain, long galleries were popular in Elizabethan and Jacobean houses. They were often located on the upper floor of the great houses of the time, and stretched across the entire frontage of the building. They served several purposes: among others, they were used for entertaining guests, for taking exercise in the form of walking when the weather was inclement, and for displaying art collections.

A long gallery has the appearance of a spacious corridor, but it was designed as a room to be used in its own right, not as a means of passing from one room to another. In the 16th century, the seemingly obvious concept of the corridor had not been introduced to British domestic architecture: rooms were entered from outside, or by passing from one room to another.

Later long galleries were built in Victorian houses such as Nottingham Castle.

Notable long galleries in the UK can be seen at:


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  2. ^ "Long Gallery". Burton Constable Foundation. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Haddon Hall, The Long Gallery". Places to Go. David Ford. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Long Gallery". The House. Hatfield House. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Long Gallery". Syon House. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

Further reading

  • The 'Long Gallery': Its Origins, Development, Use and Decoration by Rosalys Coope in Architectural History, Vol. 29, 1986 (1986), pp. 43–72+74-84
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