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Report - Pitchford Hall, Shropshire - June 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Idavoll, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Idavoll

    Idavoll Who?
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    Dec 28, 2013
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    Finally getting around the putting this up because I'm a lazy fuck.

    A while ago photos started popping up of Pitchford and so people went to visit in droves because it's pretty swanky and has lots of wood. There's a lot of charm in this old manor house, not only the style of the house but it's been pretty much untouched albeit stripped of much of its contents - the added bonus is the lovely tree house within the old manor house grounds. @Oort and I decided not to be dicks and so took the scenic route to the hall and subsequently had dry our shoes and socks. Fucking rain.

    Still, squelching footwear or not it was a good mooch.


    Pitchford Hall is a large Grade I listed Tudor country house in the village of Pitchford in Shropshire. The area is apparently named from the bitumen (pitch) that can be found in a nearby well and was used to waterproof the timbers of the house.


    The history of Pitchford Hall is a long one. The original manor owner was Geoffrey de Pykeford back in 1272. It was Geoffrey who built the local church of St Michael, which contains an oak effigy of himself. 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 in 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 Charles 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 what's said to be the world's oldest tree house. In 1935 by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) also payed Pitchford a visit. 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.
















    And some of the tree house.





    Sadly since visiting this place some cock started splashing images everywhere, people got caught, the house got locked up and now people can't go take pictures. This is why we can't have nice things people.

    Thanks for looking.
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  2. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Ha ha funny write up at the end, some good pics there ;)
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