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Report - Nettleham Hall, Lincolnshire - March 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Icecoldkitten, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. Icecoldkitten

    Icecoldkitten Hooked on curiosity
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    An impromptu visit to Nettleham Hall, so forgive the crappy iPhone photos as I didn't have my DSLR with me that day. From looking at previous posts this place is deteriorating fast.

    I've been trying to get some history on this place but its proven very difficult so here is some I've borrowed from several other sources (sorry), along with additions of my own. There are a few images of what the building once looked like if you Google it, but they are all from the same source and I personally couldn't see the resemblance so I have not linked it here. Top marks to the guy if he is right though - it was once a very grand residence.

    Little is known about this once great hall, just a few dates and infamous people who once lived there. Sadly now in ruins this Grade I listed building is being left to fall down, with trees and plants growing in and around the hall obscuring the few remains from view. Once forgotten and thought to be destroyed the hall hangs on though no windows or roof protect it from the elements.

    Nettleham hall was the home of the Hood Family, a very popular family within the village of Nettleham. The famliy decended from John Hood who was the first of the Hood family to occupy Nettleham Hall. John Hood accompanied General Monk from Scotland on his way to restore Charles II in January 1660.

    The iron gates to the property were once the entrance to the churchyard at St. Peter-at-Arches, Lincoln, and were relocated when the church was demolished. Grade I listed this gate was built circa 1720. They are attributed to Francis or William Smith of Warwick, with piers and flanking walls dating from around 1890. They are in very poor condition, suffering from badly corroded ironwork and displaced stonework.

    The house had an underground system of tunnels to allow servants to move around the house. An old auction catalogue for the sale of the residence describes it as a charming stone built Georgian House with views of Lincoln Catherdral, it was sold with 3 acres of garden and 1,500 acres of shooting lands.

    Nettleham hall burnt down around 1937 in mysterious circumstances.

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    Basement - I didn't fancy trying to crawl through this tiny hole so so just stuck the phone in and took a snap. There had been a collapse revealing the underground tunnel system from above

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    Fireplace and crumbling plasterwork showing the batons behind

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    Decorative stone pillars either side of some of the doorways were a lovely feature

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    Beautiful internal wall

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    I assume this would have been the main entrance to the hall as the archway is grand and it looked like there was a small vestibule here and then more 'outdoor' looking pillars set on a half wall - this photo is looking out from inside.

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    The remains of the building covered in ivy

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    The small cottage in the grounds of the hall

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    The entrance to the cottage

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    The fireplace with wallpaper remains

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    View through an upstair door of the collapsed upper floor

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    Internal upstairs walls have been destroyed

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    Took a few photos of the gates on the way out as the sun was going down - as you can see it wasn't exactly difficult to get into the grounds (we didn't walk in this way but it was the easiest way out again)

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    The gates were the best preserved part of the whole place.

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    Chain on the beautiful gates. Seen a pair of gates like this but smaller at a reclamation yard, on sale for £10000!

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    #1 Icecoldkitten, Apr 25, 2014
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  2. The Wombat

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    Keep meaning to visit here
    thanks for sharing
     
  3. Fairdo's

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    One of the first places i went Nettleham, very nice....
     
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