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Report - Annesley Hall, Nottinghamshire, June 2020


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1. The History
Annesley Hall, near Annesley in Nottinghamshire, is a Grade II listed country house. The Hall dates from the mid-13th century and was the ancestral home of the Annesley family before passing to the Chaworth-Musters. Alice Chaworth, heiress to the Manor of Annesley, married George Chaworth. The Chaworth family then owned the house for the next 350 years. Mary Chaworth, who lived at the Hall in the late 1700s/early 1800's, was the boyhood lover of the poet Lord Byron, but she married John Musters in 1805 who she went on to have seven children with. Earlier a more tenuous Byron link saw the poet's uncle, William Byron, kill William Chaworth in a duel in the Stars and Garter pub in London. The drunken argument over who had more game on their estates saw Lord Byron thrust his sword through Chaworth's stomach. Chaworth died the next day and Lord Byron was later found guilty of manslaughter but got off with a small fine!

The Chaworth-Musters went on to become one of the most powerful families in Nottinghamshire. John Chaworth-Musters was appointed High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1864–65. Alterations to the hall saw the addition of a service wing in 1880. The Chaworth-Musters finally sold the hall in 1972 and the new owners controversially removed many of the 17th century fittings. The hall suffered its first fire in 1997 which caused such serious damage to the hall that it has not been inhabited since then. Annesley Lodge, the former gatehouse (also grade II listed) is in slightly better condition. Annesley Old Church, near to the hall, is Grade I listed. The hall is currently on the Buildings at risk register as ‘deteriorating’. The Hall featured on the popular 2005 show Most Haunted. The council and ground owners are trying to restore the building in order to save it however, unfortunately on 16th May, 2015 two of the three floors of the hall were ruined by another fire.

Archive picture in happier days:

2. The Explore
Last came here back in October 2015. Never got in so thought I’d have another crack. As we pulled up there was a police car parked right outside. We hung around for a while and once they’d gone made our way into the house’s grounds. Although getting into the grounds is relatively easy, getting into either the house or the stables is much more difficult. So much so that we failed on both accounts. Hence, we had to content ourselves with the icehouse, the gazebo in the woods and the grounds. Still, enough to take pictures of to merit a report.

3. The Pictures
The view that greets you when you first arrive:

Quick pic of the church:

Not getting in that wat then:

Some of the out-buildings:

Fireplace left hanging:

The overgrown gardens are nice:

On to the icehouse:


Hidden away in the woods, never saw this little gem last time:


Half a ball!

Nice stone shield:

That sundial:

View from the front:

Full-frontal with fountain pit:

Looking across to the stables:

Again, no way in:

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Calamity Jane

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What a lovely building with all that land and hidden gems. Shame no entry, but still worth a look. Someones been cutting the grass. Well boarded, one day maybe you will get lucky or take the trusty extendable;)


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You didn't miss anything trust me!
I live round the corner from here and I've had many of walks around here for the last 10-15 years, in fact I had a ride on the bicycle a couple of months ago past here and stuck my nose in to see if anything had changed. I could get into the stables at this time but not the house, but even though they are apparently trying to save it nothing has ever changer in the years I've seen the place, it's just a empty carcase of a building with nothing inside at all.
If you do want a look inside this place is accessible very often due to the local kids thinking it's haunted and always breaking in at night (suppose most haunted are to blame for that) so if you are passing it's always worth a quick look as it's accessible more often than not.

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