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Report - Revesby abbey, lincolnshire, january 2014.

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Telf, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Visited one early and foggy January morning with Will Knot and Tom Sherman, thanks for a great day guy's :thumb

    Some history from wiki..

    Revesby Abbey was a Cistercian monastery located near the village of Revesby in Lincolnshire, England. The abbey was founded in 1143 by William de Roumare, Earl of Lincoln, and the first monks came from Rievaulx Abbey.
    After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the Abbey was demolished and a country house built. The current house was built in the mid 19th century, but is in poor condition. Unoccupied since the 1960s and previously earmarked for demolition, the house is currently listed on the English Heritage "At Risk" register, and described as at "serious risk".
    The site of the former Abbey was, like many others, developed into a country house.
    Craven Howard (d.1700) built a new residential house at the former Abbey, although not on top of the former monastic remains. This new house and estate passed to Craven's son Henry Howard, 11th Earl of Suffolk.[4]
    In 1711 Henry sold the house and 2,000 acre estate for £14,000.[5] The purchaser was Joseph Banks, who established his son Joseph Banks II at the house.[4] Henry required a private act of parliament to sell the house, as it was tied to him and his children as "part of his marriage settlement".[4] The purchase price was described as "evidently cheap", as the estate had an annual income of around £900.[4] Revesby and the rest of Joseph Banks' possessions officially passed to his son with his death.[4] Although Joseph II had lived primarily at Revesby during his father's lifetime, after his death, Joseph II spent little time there.[4]
    The grounds were extensively landscaped in the mid 18th-century,[6][4] and in the late 18th century the house was home to the eminent botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who sailed with Captain Cook.[7]
    The current house, called Revesby Abbey, was built in 1845 in the Jacobean style, by architect William Burn, for James Banks Stanhope.[7] It appears the house was totally built and furnished from scratch, as the contents of the previous house, including furniture, paintings and curtains, were auctioned in 1843. The timber, cornices and fittings were also auctioned in 1844.[8]
    The house is currently Grade I listed, but is on the English Heritage at risk register.[7] English heritage describe the house as at "serious risk".[6] The house has been unoccupied since at least 1968[9]; its "remaining contents" having previously been were sold in 1953.[10]
    In 1977 permission was sought to demolish the house; it was however, refused.[9]
    In 1987 English Heritage used Section 101 of the 1971 Town and Country Planning Act to conduct "urgent works which the owner is unwilling to do".[9] The Secretary of State had the power to reclaim the costs of the building work from the unwilling owner, and the following year the house was listed for sale.[9]
    The Revesby Abbey Preservation Trust was formed several years ago, however, the house's dire state forced English Heritage to undertake "emergency repairs".[6]


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    Towards the end of the explore we could hear activities outside so a sharp dash was required, luckily for us the fog made good cover..

    Thanks for looking Telf.
     

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