Rougham hall is set deep in a forest in deep dark Suffolk, and is an absolute beauty, even if I say so myself. Visited with Em_UX.
The original wing was believed to be built around 1690. Thanks to the building being listed, there are accurate records of the additions made in 1878, and 1906.
The hall has been owned predominantly by the Agnew family. With the exception of when the army took it over during WW2, to act as a base for the newly built adjacent airfield.
Look, here’s a soldier cycling past in 1944:
Unfortunately it was this airfield that had landed the building in this condition today. A stray German bomb exploded in the courtyard, shaking the foundations to pieces. The time on the clock tower is still set to 01:05, the time of the bombing.
Making our was off of the beaten track, we clambered through the thick forest which now envelopes the hall. The red brick of the tower rises into view through the trees.
The interior once boasted an impressive staircase bought straight out of Finborough Hall in Suffolk. It was described by English Heritage as having “Open string with turned balusters with carved leaf decoration, swept handrail and unusual carved tread ends.”
Of all of the dodgy floors I’ve seen in my time, this really has to be one of the dodgiest!
And upstairs isn’t much better!
Beautiful double height bay:
Projecting stone bay:
Structural damage is obvious:
That’s all for now…