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Report - Overstone Hall - Northants - March 2014

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

  1. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore..........

    The fourth explore of the day (others to follow) from a recent tour into and around the area with Telf. Thanks mate.:)

    The Hall was basically split, whilst 60% was fire damaged, the rest was either empty, derelict or still lived in!!!:eek:

    A Brief History...........

    Grade II listed building on the outskirts of Northampton. It had 119 rooms and surrounded by a 40 acre grounds which contain three lakes, the old carriage block, walled garden and farm buildings.
    Designed in 1860 for Lord and Lady Overstone by William Milford Teulon, the building work took until 1866 to complete. Lady Overstone passed away on Nov 6th 1864 so did not see her project finished. This house demonstrates the earliest known example of 'cavity wall insulation', being built double throughout. There was a central heating system 'Mr Price's Apparatus', gas lighting and a service or butler's lift.
    Originally Overstone Hall, the estate was acquired in 1832 by Lewis Loyd for the princely sum of £117,000. On his death in 1858 it passed to his son, Samuel Jones Loyd, by then Lord Overstone.
    Lady Overstone persuaded her husband that a much grander country seat was more in keeping with their status and the new Overstone House was built. It was designed by William Milford Teulon and according to The Builder of 1862, was "a mixture of Elizabethan and Renaissance features". In any case, Lord Overstone, noted for his artistic taste, hated the House and refused to live in it after it was built, preferring to stay with his daughter at Lockinge in Berkshire.
    Harriet Sarah Loyd, who later became Lady Wantage, inherited the estate in 1883. She and her husband used regularly to stay there during the winter hunting season until his death in 1901. It was then leased successively to a Field Marshall, Lord Grenville, and to the Australian shipping magnate Malcolm McEacharn and his wife. The latter regularly entertained in lavish style, the only ones really to have used it in the manner for which it was designed. McEacharn died in 1917.
    On the death of Lady Wantage, the farms and many of the tenanted cottages were sold to the farmers and occupants, but the Mansion plus 70 acres went for £9000 to Sir Philip Stott. He donated the use of the House and grounds to the Conservative and Unionist Party for use as a college in 1923. He condemned the scheme in 1928 as 'an abject failure' and sold the property to the Charlotte Masons Schools Company in July 1929 for conversion to a girls' Public School under the auspices of Henrietta Franklin. The School occupied the Main House, Carriage block and stables and farm buildings for fifty years until July 1979 when the financial imperatives of maintaining a crumbling Victorian estate became too much. The estate was sold as a single lot by tender to speculators for £701.000, who later sold the House and 70 acres to the New Testament Church of God for £100 000 in 1980.
    On April 16th 2001, a fire was started in one of the upper rooms, probably the dormitory best known to old girls as 'Gallery', situated at the top of a fire escape on the eastern side of the building. Approximately 60% of the building was gutted within 12 hours, destroying all of the best-loved features of the House, including its truly extraordinary, breathtaking wooden staircase and magnificent library, along with the elegant parquet flooring which graced the public rooms and corridors.

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    I hope you enjoy the report........I Will Knot :thumb
     
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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice ones mate :):thumb

    Impressive place indeed, and you lads do get about ;)

    Any Brainwashing tips ? lol
     
  3. georgie

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    cracking snaps there matey
     
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    Looks interesting, just getting into this exploring lark, but as its so close I may have to have a look at this one!
     
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    Great report and shots will, :thumb
     
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    Looks a good place this mate :thumb
     
  7. The Lone Shadow

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    Good work Will. This is my neck of the woods and I still haven't visited yet. :banghead
    You have captured the place really well.
    Well done guys.

    LS
     
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    Cracking set of pics, looks a great explore with some surpising bits left.

    Great to meet you the other night as well :thumb
     
  9. Will Knot

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    Cheers Stussy, great to meet you too, see from your pics you got to "RPF", take care :thumb
     
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    Yeah super stoked on it, been tried 3 previous times before and had no luck! Patience was the key :thumb
     
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    A gorgeous building Will and excellent shots as always.
     
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    Love the look of this spot, you got some great shots of the place dude :thumb
     
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    Love the history, love the pictures. This is a beautiful place!
     
  14. Matt Inked

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    Wow!
    Impressive shots, this looks like one to put on the to do list.
     
  15. Will Knot

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    Hey, thanks for all the comments, you should get there Matt, might even try gettin' some more reports up from the back catalogue I have :rolleyes:
     
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