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    A mile from my home this little gem, used as a care home for dementia, planning had been put in to turn it into flats, work started and then stopped as the planning was refused due to too much traffic down a small lane. Now for the history.

    An ancient farm House, sometimes called the Old Hall, was a seat of the Fitzwilliam family in the 15th and 16th centuries; and tradition says a French ship landed a body of armed men, who carried off the heir of this family, and exacted such a large ransom that they were obliged to sell their estates in this neighbourhood. At a short distance from this house are traces of a moated area, on which the mansion of some other wealthy family is supposed to have stood. (White 1872)

    During trial trenching at the care home in July 2012, Trench 1 revealed a dumped layer which was probably deposited in the medieval period. It may have been dumped during the excavation of the moat to create an island for the high status buildings. 15th century pottery and animal bone was also recorded.

    Thomas Fitzwilliam obtained a licence to crenellate in 1459. Despite White's statement Gatehouse considers it unlikely that two separate wealthy families would have houses so close together in the C15 in this rural area and it seems more likely his 'Old Hall' and the moated area represent different phases of FitzWilliam occupation with the moated site probably being the site of the C15 licensed house. If White's story of pirate abduction is correct, and it could well be so, it should be noted that there were genuine threats to personal security in this area but neither a licence to crenellate nor a moat offered any absolute protection.

    The Hall
    DSCN1215 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    One of the sitting rooms
    DSCN1216 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    One of the bedrooms
    DSCN1225 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    DSCN1228 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    Nice grubby handrail
    DSCN1229 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    Another sitting room
    DSCN1235 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    Bedtime freshly washed bedding
    DSCN1251 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    DSCN1289 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    DSCN1293 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    Somebodys personal belongs
    DSCN1303 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr

    DSCN1342 by Anna Anderson, on Flickr



    Thanks for looking

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    Nice pic's, that wallpaper in the second one looks like the Aids virus on a slide.
    As it is, so mote it be

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    Like that one lots thank you
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Not far from that other place, perhaps a visit to this one when you go to the other one??

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    lovely photos looks like a good explore!

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    Very interesting history,thanks for sharing

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    strange mix of levels of decay there!
    Cracking shots, thanks for sharing :)
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