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Report - Pitchford Hall, Shrewsbury - June 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Oort, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Oort

    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    Pitchford Hall

    Pitchford Hall is a large Grade I listed Tudor country house in the village of Pitchford, Shropshire, 6 miles south east of Shrewsbury.

    It was built in 1560 on the site of a medieval building and has been modified several times since, particularly in the 1870s and 1880s when it was substantially restored, remodelled and extended. It is a timber framed two-storey building with rendered red sandstone panels, a stone roof and brick chimneys. The floor plan is E-shaped round a courtyard to the south with a service wing to the west. There is also an orangery attached.

    The hall originally stood within the 35 acre Pitchford estate but this is now separately owned farmland. A deer park established in 1638 was disparked in 1790. 100 metres north of the hall is a bitumen well, near a ford across a nearby brook, from which the area gets its name. The bitumen was once used for waterproofing the timbers of the house. A Tudor style tree-house sits in a large lime tree.

    A stretch of the Roman Watling Street runs through the grounds.

    History

    There has been a Manor House on the site since around 1284, the estate at the time being in the possession of the de Pykeford family. Geoffrey de Pykeford, a crusader, was Lord of the Manor from 1272 and built the local church of St Michael, which contains an oak effigy of him. Eventually, however, the family had to sell the estate to the Church in the 1330s in order to repay debts.

    Thomas Ottley bought the Manor of Pitchford in 1473. The present house was built c.1560 for Adam Ottley, a Shrewsbury wool merchant, and possibly incorporated elements of the previous medieval structure. The estate remained in the Ottley family until the death of Adam Ottley in 1807. The hall and estate then passed to Hon. Charles C. C. Jenkinson, second son of the 1st Earl of Liverpool and later to his son-in-law James Cotes. James' son Charles Cotes commissioned the London architect George Devey to renovate and upgrade the house, which included the installation of replacement windows, baths and water closets. Charles died unmarried and the estate passed in 1918 to his brother-in-law Lieut-General Sir Robert Grant. In recent time the Colthurst family were in possession and carried out further restoration. In 1992 the Hall and estate were separately sold.

    The house was visited by Princess (later Queen) Victoria, who watched the hunt from the treehouse, and in 1935 by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). During the war Pitchford was one of the country retreats selected to house the Royal Family should they needed to be evacuated from the capital (see Coats Mission).

    The Hall is no longer open to the public, although the church is, and is on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register.

    A former Great Western Railway Hall class locomotive No 4953, now running on the Epping Ongar Railway, was named Pitchford Hall.

    The Visit

    Explored with @Idavoll, After a fairly long trip we arrived in glorious sunshine and pressed on inside. The house is absolutely beautiful and just what a proper mansion imo should be with lots of little staircases hidden away and some lovely period features. Unfortunately we didn't have as much time here as we would of liked and managed to stay longer than we should of done but it was totally worth it as its one of the most idyllic and beautiful places I have seen yet!

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. Lenston

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    Nice pics, couple of people caught here at the weekend just gone and heard its been sealed up, owners are well on to this now for anyone else planning on going.
     
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  3. Idavoll

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    Oh dear. :(
     
  4. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nicely shot mate :thumb

    It"s a dramatic looking building that"s for sure, personally i just didn"t feel it :confused: when we visited, but that said i"d been awake for over 36 hours ;)
     
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  5. Oort

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    Bugger. Well that scuppers the return visit to check out the secret room.
     
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  7. huey

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    Sorry dude, just read this...nice stuff and an awesome place for sure. Unbelievable how easy access was when Bertron and I went, and how unmolested the place is.
     
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  8. Oort

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    Thanks mate, so glad I got to see this one as it was proper bo!
     
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