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Report - Alfred's Hall, Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire - February 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Bertie Bollockbrains, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    Bit of a mini-report this one. Was walking the wife in Cirencester Park recently and whilst throwing sticks for the wife to retrieve, scooping her poos into little plastic bags and stopping her from sniffing other wives arses I came across Alfred's Hall Folly in the middle of the woods. Didn't know in advance that it was there so bit of an unplanned explore this one.

    Anyways if this was 6 months ago, I would had said to myself "interesting" and walked on by. Nowadays my thinking is "6 foot fence, barbed wire fence, huge padlocked wooden door, keep out sign, unsafe structure sign, active gamekeepers lodge next to it - let's do it." So as you can see you lot have completely changed my way of thinking.


    Folly, begun 1721, designed by Earl Bathurst (for Cirencester Park is the estate of the Bathurst family) with Alexander Pope's (a famous 18th century poet) advice, enlarged 1732 with 19th century alterations. Said to be the earliest example of a mock Gothic castle; part former house, part banqueting house and part mock ruin. Built on the site of what Earl Bathurst thought was the site of the King Alfred of Wessex (reigned 871 to 899) winter encampment during his pursuit of the Danes, whom the King defeated by laying siege to their stronghold at Chippenham.

    Alfred's Hall is in a very poor state of repair and on the English Heritage at Risk Register. Only one room remains. The roof, west wall and floors of a secondary room to rear left collapsed in March 1989. The room that remains is described as "Rectangular room approximately 12.6 x 4.8m with apsidal extension inside bow to east has entrance doorways to south and north and doorway to former secondary room to west in
    moulded timber architraves, that to west with panelled reveal,that to south with architrave broken upwards to centre to enclose armorial device in plaster, doors now gone; remains of oak dado panelling."

    A historical photo dating from 1890:

    The Explore:

    Definitely not allowed to be in here:

    Front View:

    Rear View:

    East Side, described as "2-storey bow with 2-light window with traceried head and hoodmould to first floor, 3-light pointed window with intersecting stone tracery and hoodmould to ground floor, embattled parapet." I have no idea what all that means. To me it's a window.

    Front Entrance, noticed Alfred's Hall written in Gothic script and what I first assumed to be the shield of the Bathurst Estate but later identified to be the Planagenet Coat of Arms (Planagenet = line of English Kings from 1154 to 1485 that originated from France, I have no idea what the connection is either to King Alfred of Wessex or Earl Bathurst)

    The Interior:

    and in natural light:

    Side bay window thingy to the east:

    Roof looks a bit beyond repair:

    The Oak Dado paneling:

    Nice piece above the front door:

    Thanks for looking
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  2. Punk

    Punk Obi Punk Kenobi
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    Not a bad little place :thumb
  3. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Aug 4, 2014
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    Nice old place,never seen inside before and a nice little report,good work as usual me old mucker.
  4. Oort

    Oort The Spice Must Flow.
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    Aug 26, 2014
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    Tidy little report, interesting place :thumb
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