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Thread: Pitchford hall June 2015

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    that is stunning, i do hope something is done to preserve it, would be a shame to see something like that go to waste


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockfordstone View Post
    that is stunning, i do hope something is done to preserve it, would be a shame to see something like that go to waste
    It's owned by a wealthy Egyptian family who are only interested in using the land to breed their mega expensive horses on, but for now thankfully the hall is well locked down, so I've heard.
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    secret door to priest hole . I found it , and yes well locked now with signs up all over

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    Nice find mate did you through it. Where did it lead too !!

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    What a stunning building. Well captured.

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    What a great find, I really hope it is saved because it's too good to lose. Well reserched, Lovely Pics, Most Enjoyable, Thanks
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    A very nice report here - an object lesson in how to tell this building's story. A very well known location - both for its social and architectural histories. Sadly it is the premier example of 'what the hell do we do to preserve' family homes like this - our countryside is full of buildings with similar problems. Built in an age when the norm was for the 'whole' extended family to live under one roof, and when the Monarch of the day, complete with travelling Royal Household was likely to descend on you to be fed and watered for three or four weeks - family homes of the rich Gentry had to be large! In this day and age this lifestyle is long gone and very large unique houses present problems - no matter how much money one has. Years ago places like this would be used as cold and draughty boarding schools or Youth Hostels etc with no modifications to the structure or layout - building and fire regulations obviously now put a stop to this form of use. The steady tread of many visitors brings its own problems of wear and tear, so opening up to the paying public may not be the answer long term. I have seen areas 'behind stairs' in a number of large houses that are open to the Public, in worse condition than the 'behind stairs / servants quarters photographed here, and that I find sad and worrying. Just because a place looks OK, people tend to think nothing needs to be done yet and then the rot really starts. Like others on this thread, I do hope a solution can be found quickly because this place looks even more amazing in the flesh, and even though these photographs really do it justice, it would be very sad if they eventually became the building's only visual record.

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    Good report and nicely photographed. What a lovely building.

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    Thanks for your comments like others have said just hope it isn't to late for it. The building is still quite sound condition and I've heard it has been bought and will be restored ...;);)

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    Priest holes are usually just that, hidden holes for a priest to hide in. They rarely lead anywhere.

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