Old Manor Remains, Midlands, March and April 2017

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1. The History
The original house Manor was a stone mansion built on a wooded hill. This was then nearly all rebuilt circa 1819. A spring near to the house was said to possess medicinal and healing powers. In 1842, a local monied family took over and between 1879 and 1883 rebuilt the house based on the designs of architect Sir Arthur Blomfield. Engraving of the original house:

33125783834_3d06b3b775_b.jpgHall engraving_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The house, like so many around this time, was ravaged by fire in 1906. Dozens of wagons, traps and other horse-drawn vehicles were chartered in the nearby market town as spectators rushed to watch the blaze. Firemen climbed ladders and stripped away roof tiles for their hose jets and drew water from fishponds 300 metres away. Fire brigades from surrounding towns also turned out and as a result much of the manor was saved as the fire was contained to the upper floors. However the flames and water caused an estimated damage of £30,000 to fabric and furniture (around £3 million in today’s money). The fire began in the chapel and was blamed on an overheating flue. It was discovered by a housemaid while the manor’s lord and lady were in church. Friends and villagers acted fast and helped to remove valuable paintings and furniture. Aftermath of the fire:

33928377236_2649b89185_b.jpgAfter the fire by HughieDW, on Flickr

The blaze only strengthened the family's resolve and they rebuild it and restored it to its former glory. However like so many stately homes of this the area, the up-keep of the manor became too much and in 1938 it was demolished. House after the rebuild:

33969602265_8155bdccdc.jpgManor front by HughieDW, on Flickr

2. The Explore
Visited twice. First time around on my own. The visit was rushed and the light poor so a revisit was swiftly organized. Second visit with The Wombat (good to finally meet you fella!) on a relaxed and sunny day. A few reports have showed up on this place and describe the buildings as the stables/coach house. However these buildings are in fact the north-west wing of the house that was not demolished (you need to flip the floor plan on the engraving picture above round through 180 degrees). Maybe these lower-slung buildings (which included a game room, gun room and a boot room) were retained for potential future use. That clearly didn’t happen and now they lay abandoned on the edge of the former manor’s rural estate with nature slowly reclaiming them.

3. The Pictures
Apologies for the number of pics but it was over two trips and the place was incredibly photogenic!

33831061261_d0dc01d8c2_b.jpgimg9114 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33575995020_840efe9329_b.jpgimg9115 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33116956054_91e519b728_b.jpgimg9145 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33802935702_0c2728f150_b.jpgimg9139 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33147534643_b5a57e5350_b.jpgimg9131 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33830755771_5a947c4c91_b.jpgimg9125 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33803107732_b91442dcc3_b.jpgimg9123bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

33117399144_8f0ded44ce_b.jpgimg9119 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33803280732_b02f2f1cdc_b.jpgimg9118 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33830994581_4c1d5feac7_b.jpgimg9117bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

33917038006_644b27e3b8_b.jpgimg9455 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33958051235_f340a973a6_b.jpgimg9454 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33144933543_3a9cb4a19f_b.jpgimg9449 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33144984153_689064c925_b.jpgimg9446 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33917214186_1229d63821_b.jpgimg9445 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33114850344_8de70a4afa_b.jpgimg9441 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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33828525011_60acc2cf4c_b.jpgimg9439 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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33828588131_ed57571ed7_b.jpgimg9433 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33801009432_2ce79bcf66_b.jpgimg9428 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33917565406_8285f4343b_b.jpgimg9423 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33958650825_29bbcb66da_b.jpgimg9418 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33801171952_b587c46615_b.jpgimg9417 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33145687983_6998e305a6_b.jpgimg9404 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33829017561_d86719097c_b.jpgimg9402 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33959009515_daaa6b689f_b.jpgimg9397 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33959088135_06e8325e56_b.jpgimg9395 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33959150915_d62314d81a_b.jpgimg9391 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33829380991_4597101fea_b.jpgimg9384 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33115879344_a2cfd648db_b.jpgimg9383 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33146268843_e7be256365_b.jpgimg9379 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33801893322_2f4e450971_b.jpgimg9456 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

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That's quite an interesting post. A lot of pictures but each one tells a story. A pity about the house being so thrashed as there are so many distinctive features.
 

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Aw love that hughie another unusal and beautiful piece from you
 

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So well photographed that the photos almost speak. Excellent work and thank you for sharing it.
 

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