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Thread: Annesley Hall, Notts, June 2020

  1. #1
    Join Date
    January 2013
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    Default Annesley Hall, Notts, June 2020

    1. The History
    Annesley Hall, near Annesley in Nottinghamshire, is a Grade II listed country house. The Hall dates from the mid-13th century and was the ancestral home of the Annesley family before passing to the Chaworth-Musters. Alice Chaworth, heiress to the Manor of Annesley, married George Chaworth. The Chaworth family then owned the house for the next 350 years. Mary Chaworth, who lived at the Hall in the late 1700s/early 1800's, was the boyhood lover of the poet Lord Byron, but she married John Musters in 1805 who she went on to have seven children with. Earlier a more tenuous Byron link saw the poet's uncle, William Byron, kill William Chaworth in a duel in the Stars and Garter pub in London. The drunken argument over who had more game on their estates saw Lord Byron thrust his sword through Chaworth's stomach. Chaworth died the next day and Lord Byron was later found guilty of manslaughter but got off with a small fine!

    The Chaworth-Musters went on to become one of the most powerful families in Nottinghamshire. John Chaworth-Musters was appointed High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1864–65. Alterations to the hall saw the addition of a service wing in 1880. The Chaworth-Musters finally sold the hall in 1972 and the new owners controversially removed many of the 17th century fittings. The hall suffered its first fire in 1997 which caused such serious damage to the hall that it has not been inhabited since then. Annesley Lodge, the former gatehouse (also grade II listed) is in slightly better condition. Annesley Old Church, near to the hall, is Grade I listed. The hall is currently on the Buildings at risk register as ‘deteriorating’. The Hall featured on the popular 2005 show Most Haunted. The council and ground owners are trying to restore the building in order to save it however, unfortunately on 16th May, 2015 two of the three floors of the hall were ruined by another fire.

    Archive picture in happier days:

    Ariel-view-of-Hall-and-Old-Church by HughieDW, on Flickr

    2. The Explore
    Last came here back in October 2015. Never got in so thought I’d have another crack. As we pulled up there was a police car parked right outside. We hung around for a while and once they’d gone made our way into the house’s grounds. Although getting into the grounds is relatively easy, getting into either the house or the stables is much more difficult. So much so that we failed on both accounts. Hence, we had to content ourselves with the icehouse, the gazebo in the woods and the grounds. Still, enough to take pictures of to merit a report.

    3. The Pictures

    The view that greets you when you first arrive:

    img6196 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Quick pic or two of the church:

    img6290 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Annesley 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not getting in that wat then:

    Annesley 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some of the out-buildings:

    img6191 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6302 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Fireplace left hanging:

    img6192 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6300 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The overgrown gardens are nice:

    img6303 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6304 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the icehouse:

    img6295 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6311 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6309 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Annesley 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6296 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Annesley 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Hidden away in the woods, never saw this little gem last time:

    img6314 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Annesley 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Annesley 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Half a ball!

    img6316 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nice stone shield:

    img319 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    That sundial:

    img6304 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6291 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6292 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6293 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6294 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    View from the front:

    img6194 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6321 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Full-frontal with fountain pit:

    img6322 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Annesley 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking across to the stables:

    img6195 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6324 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6326 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Again, no way in:

    img6330 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6328 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: dewdrop, Mearing, MrGruffy, ocelot397, Romford Reject
  4. #2
    Join Date
    March 2007
    Mansfield, Nottinghamshire


    Great stuff.
    They really need to restore all this, but properly securing it first would be a good idea.

  5. Thanks given by: HughieD
  6. #3
    Join Date
    February 2009


    I drive past it fairly regularly but you only get a glimpse at a distance on a fast and bendy stretch of road.

    Nice work.

  7. Thanks given by: HughieD

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