Annesley Hall, Notts, October 2015

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Been wanting to go to this place for a while and finally an opportunity availed itself as I was in the area. This place has been in the news recently for the wrong reasons. The house was very slowly being restored by the owner when a fire broke out in May of this year, severely damaging two of the three floors of the Grade II listed hall.

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.

Here is an archive picture of the hall in happier days:

22725486266_e065fc522a_b.jpg Ariel-view-of-Hall-and-Old-Church by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Explore:
The Hall's grounds are not as easy to access as you may think. Once in it feels like you are looking round an English Heritage property with no one around. The Hall itself is in a very poor state of repair and is sealed tight, as is the Lodge. Hence it's just a case of externals. That said, there are a lot of things to take pictures of. And here they are.

The first thing you come to is Annesley old church:

21930855404_2c98f4d2e1_b.jpg img2472 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The 14th-century Norman church and graveyard are worth a little shuffty in their own right:

21932271434_a53c25c22c_b.jpg img2418 by HughieDW, on Flickr

22365969218_e7b9d852e3_b.jpg img2471 by HughieDW, on Flickr

21932557493_123850111a_b.jpg img2469 by HughieDW, on Flickr

There are also nice views over the Lodge:

22365884850_c1d75f8fd4_b.jpg img2467 by HughieDW, on Flickr

21933896193_08e6ff6bb2_b.jpg img2416 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And into the estate we go...

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Can we have our ball back please?

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Here's some nice stone mullioned windows:

22541222002_3b6a7c812f_b.jpg img2428 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a fireplace left high and dry by the first fire:

22554832525_2aba58213e_b.jpg img2426 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This damage is from the second fire:

22368329449_6d30620555_b.jpg img2475 by HughieDW, on Flickr

There's some interesting rooms built into the estate wall:

22366760910_94284c7585_b.jpg img2435 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And round the side. Here's a fence with a handy hole:

22554674775_bf18680647_b.jpg img2437 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The first thing you come to is a crumbling estate wall:

22367780259_b32db22a64_b.jpg img2442 by HughieDW, on Flickr

and some estate steps:

21931667774_be059204a0_b.jpg img2447 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Is this an ice room?

22528539716_e8996ed03f_b.jpg img2444 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A couple of views from the rear:

22565861761_e376c06453_b.jpg img2440 by HughieDW, on Flickr

22366575438_e25fb846fa_b.jpg img2449 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a close-up of the glorious sundial:

21933148123_7d7d507fef_b.jpg img2448 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Front elevation:

22366251640_87bb3844e8_b.jpg img2452bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

The lawns are still cut but the fountain's nothing more than a hole now:

21932950633_b65f51962c_b.jpg img2454 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Lodge:

22367211529_188742cb54_b.jpg img2459 by HughieDW, on Flickr

22366257718_1f2837b17f_b.jpg img2461 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…with its fantastic clock tower:

22367268719_3fb869e440_b.jpg img2456 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A nearby ruined door:

22553916935_f29658ae43_b.jpg img2466 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
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I do love that Lodge, but being a horse person I guess I would! Very comprehensive report, thank you.


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If you go from pic 2447(the stairs) towards the woods you find this little oddity




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Been driving past this place for years - never had the time to stop and visit - shame about not being able to get inside - thank you well taken pictures ;)


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With enough determination, it's possible to get in. Managed it very recently, after walking around the estate for over an hour.