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Report - Nocton Hall, Lincs, February 2016

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by HughieD, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. HughieD

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    Been meaning to do this place for ages so me and non-member GazzaM set off for deepest Lincolnshire. A lot of people tend to overlook the hall for the corridors of the former RAF hospital. We hit the hall first and gave it a good looking over. Ironically the hospital was a fail due to a serious stepping up in the perimeter fence integrity. So another time on that one. Anyhowz, hall history time...

    Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire is Grade II listed building. A plaque on the wall of the hall states it was originally constructed on the site in 1530, although it has been notable for two reconstructions. The house itself was a later addition, built to stand with a priory that was founded in the 12th century. The earthworks of the priory are located about 1 km from the house. In 1834 Nocton Old Hall was subject to a fire which led to the current building being erected in 1841 by the 1st Earl of Ripon. Nocton was then purchased by George Hodgson, a very wealthy industrialist, in 1889. Here’s the hall in all its glory in 1901:

    [​IMG]Nocton1901 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The hall subsequently passed through two generations of the Hodgson family and was used for a convalescent home for American officers wounded in the latter part of World War II. In 1919 the Hall was then sold to William Dennis and then passed onto his son. In 1940 during the Second World War it was taken over by the Army and used as the home of 21st Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) RAMC and then by the Air Ministry. The Hall and its grounds remained as a site of an RAF hospital until its closure in 1983. It reverted to private use in the 1980s when Torrie Richardson bought the hall and used it as a residential home. The home ran into difficulty and closed in the mid-1990s. While empty, the hall was subject to many break-ins and the fireplaces and the stair banisters were stolen. Worse was to come. On the morning of 24th October 2004 the hall burnt down for a second time, reducing it to a shell. Options are currently being considered regarding the future of the building but today it remains a fenced-off and unstable shell. OK…on with the pix…

    Through the trees the house appears:

    [​IMG]img3730 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    [​IMG]img3723 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The chimneys still stand proud:

    [​IMG]img3736 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some pointing required:

    [​IMG]img3768 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Mmmm…precarious is the work that comes to mind here:

    [​IMG]img3728 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3727 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Probably the best bit of stonework:

    [​IMG]img3725 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Close up:

    [​IMG]img3767detail by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This isn’t bad either:

    [​IMG]img3729 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    More exquisite stonework round the front on the hall:

    [​IMG]img3761 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3754 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Front left of the hall:

    [​IMG]img3740 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the main entrance:

    [​IMG]img3738 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    After fire – do not use the lift:

    [​IMG]img3763 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not too sure what this is:

    [​IMG]img3752 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pipework in some need of attention:

    [​IMG]img3750 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Old fire hose:

    [​IMG]img3762 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A trashed heater:

    [​IMG]img3760 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And obligatory staircase porn:

    [​IMG]img3759 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3756 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And finally, inside one of the out buildings:

    [​IMG]img3744 by HughieDW, on Flickr
     

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