One of the best ways of working out what the original Impington Hall, the one that was visited by Samuel Pepys, looked like is by looking at the inventory taken at the time of the death of Roger Pepys in 1688 and then comparing it with later photographs. The Hall having been completed after 1589. The Hall was later much altered in about 1725 and again in the mid 1860s
This is something that was done by Dr W M Palmer when he took a party from the Cambs and Hunts Archaecological Society around on September 14th, 1927. His notes from 1927 tell us:
"From an inventory taken when the Roger Pepys died in 1688, we know exactly what rooms the house contained and from is what is left we can almost certainly guess how these rooms were arranged,
There was a central hall, over the entrance was the coat of arms of Pepys, impaling those of Talbot, John Pepys having married the heiress Elizabeth Talbot. This coat of arms still remains. On one side was the great Dinning Room, with the Kitchen and other offices behind, and on the other, the Great Parlour in front, and the Study and Little Parlour behind. On the first floor to the left was the Great Parlour Chamber, the Purple and Red Chambers, on the east, the Green Parlour, nursery etc. .. Altogether there were 8 bedrooms on the first floor and 6 in the attics.
Garden front. With the exception of the coat of arms and the chimney stack, I think this is all later than the time of Roger Pepys, it is even later than the time of Cole who saw it in 1774. he describes it as having 7 windows, of the same size, I suppose he means. Battlement tops of chimneys modern, but bricks look older and smaller than those in the front. 14 chimney shafts on this side - Roger Pepys owned to 17 fireplaces in 1688, 8 chimney shafts on North. The original building may have ended where the gothic windows end, but they look rather Victorian than Elizabethan, the window in 1st floor over the Kitven may be the original style.
Two pairs of stone figures, Lion or Talbot and Griffin - Talbott Burgoynes cest - wooden dooor carved with bunches of grapes in the hall."
Impington Hall c1910
"The Present Hall - The original fireplace would have backed on to the fireplace in the dinning room, as that is an old one in the house: but that in the hall at present does not look old. In the carving above it, a griffen and a bird. The Macfarlene fireplace, although it has a 4 centered arch seams to be modern. The design on the ceiling is fine hand plaster work.