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Report - Pitchford Hall, Shropshire - May 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Raz, May 24, 2015.

  1. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    After a good morning in central London we took a trip up to Shropshire to have a look at this place. As soon as we arrived in the estate we knew the place would be special. There was a abundance of run down out buildings, a lake, a small church which seemed to be in use still and a house which was occupied, oh and a treehouse!

    History :

    Pitchford Hall is Grade I listed and one of England's finest Elizabethan half timbered houses. The first record of the estate is in the Domesday Book (1081 - 86)


    Historical records relate that a mediaeval manor house existed somewhere on the site from at least 1284 to 1431 and it is possible that portions of the earlier house may survive within the fabric of the west wing. Soon after the three wings were completed a garderobe tower was added to the north east corner, overlooking the brook and rolling parkland. Many of the 16th century arrangements have been altered by successive waves of taste and need, with the exception of the drawing room where the paneling and ceiling are amongst the finest of their type and date back to 1626.

    Some time after the Dissolution of the Monasteries (during the reign of Henry VIII) and when Roman Catholics were being persecuted for their religious beliefs, a Priest's Hole was installed in the house. Prince Rupert is said to have hidden there from the Parliamentarians.

    Some of the more famous guests to stay at Pitchford over the years include Queen Victoria who as Princess Victoria, aged 13 was entertained at the Hall in 1832 by the then owner 3rd Earl of Liverpool. An extract from her diary recalls "at about twenty minutes to five we arrived at Pitchford, a curious looking but very comfortable house. It is striped black and white and in the shape of a cottage". During her stay she watched the local hunt from the Tree house.

    In 1935 the then Duke of York (later George VI) and his wife Queen Elizabeth (now the Queen Mother) stayed. During World War II, Pitchford was one of the houses selected as a place of safety for King George and his wife Queen Elizabeth and their daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The operation to relocate the Royal Family to Pitchford was called the Coates Mission.



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    Cheers for looking :D
     

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  2. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    Never got to the church in January. Does the church have readable gravestones around it? Asking because my ancestors buried there (confirmed only in the last week by my elderly relatives) and may be worth a revisit. It's a long shot but if you remember seeing the surname "Claridge" (not my surname) written anywhere let me know.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    I didn't look at the names unfortunately mate, there was a few graves though
     
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    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Epic stuff :thumb
     
  5. merryprankster

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    awww loving seeing this place again, she is a beaut isnt she :thumb
     
  6. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah, now that is nice, great pics and report
     
  7. woopashoopaa

    woopashoopaa 28DL Regular User
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    This looks like a great place to visit :thumb Love the stained glass.
     
  8. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Top stuff mate :thumb very nicely shot
     
  9. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Awesome place and cracking pics :thumb, love the stained glass windows and that tree house would look much better in my garden! Oh wait there are no trees in my garden :(
     
  10. Miss Mayhem

    Miss Mayhem 28DL Regular User
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    Awesome report and beautifully captured ,
    Those stain glass windows are lovely :thumb
     
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