The Circular Room

It is possible that William Belwood, York architect and surveyor who frequently built to the designs of Carr and Adam (Belwood was a protegè of Robert Adam), designed this beautiful room which acted as both an ante-room to the Print Bedroom or a morning room.

It provided access for the servants via a concealed door and guests would have caught their first view of Newby’s fine park from here. According to tradition the decorative grotesque work on the walls and ceiling was done by William Weddell’s wife Elizabeth Ramsden who was a friend of Joshua Reynolds. The subjects of the ceiling paintings are derived from paintings found at Herculaneum and Pompeii during the excavations in the mid-eighteenth century.