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Report - Old Manor remains, near Grantham, Lincs, February 2020


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1. The History
The original house Manor was a stone mansion built on a wooded hill. This was then nearly all rebuilt circa 1819. A spring near to the house was said to possess medicinal and healing powers. In 1842, a local monied family, the Welby’s, took over and between 1879 and 1884 Sir William Welby-Gregory rebuilt the house based on the designs of architect Sir Arthur Blomfield in a Tudor style.

Engraving of the original house:

The house, like so many around this time, was ravaged by fire in 1906. Dozens of wagons, traps and other horse-drawn vehicles were chartered in the nearby market town as spectators rushed to watch the blaze. Firemen climbed ladders and stripped away roof tiles for their hose jets and drew water from fishponds 300 metres away. Fire brigades from surrounding towns also turned out and as a result much of the manor was saved as the fire was contained to the upper floors. However, the flames and water caused an estimated damage of £30,000 to fabric and furniture (around £3.1 million in today’s money). The fire began in the chapel and was blamed on an overheating flue. It was discovered by a housemaid while the manor’s lord and lady were in church. Friends and villagers acted fast and helped to remove valuable paintings and furniture.

Aftermath of the fire:

Floor plan for the manor:

The blaze only strengthened the family's resolve and they rebuild it and restored it to its former glory. However, like so many stately homes of this the area, the upkeep of the manor became too much and in 1938 it was demolished and replaced by the present house, designed by Peter Foster and Marshal Sissons. In 1965 only the filled in cellar of the hall remained. Today, only a small wing of the 17th century house survives. They were the north-west wing of the house. These lower-slung buildings, including a game room, gun room and a boot room, were possibly retained for potential future use that never materialized and now they lay abandoned on the edge of the former manor’s rural estate.

House after the rebuild:

2. The Explore
Visited this place multiple times in the past. In the past it’s been either a bit rushed or poor light or both. This time the light was good and had more time on my hands. What’s left is quite a small and represents less than a quarter of the manor’s original footprint, but all the same, with its location on the edge of the woods, it’s an enchanting place.

3. The Pictures

The statue that greets you:

Hello again, old friend:

View from the rear:

Close up of the tower:

Toilet - note butler's bell on the left wall:

Not a weathervane exactly:

But this one is:


Part of the 1880 date stone either side of the carriage entrance:

The roof of the game larder:

This is to stop carriages bashing the wall:

The gun room:

Inside the game larder:

The Drying and Brush room:

And inside:

An old marble fireplace:

And some old stained glass:

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Smashed-up toilet room. This was whole when I first came here:

The corridor:

The open-air knives room:

On to the back-terrace building. Here’s an archive shot showing its position relative to the main house:

And today. Still in relatively good condition.

And finally, the disused tennis courts:


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They done a good job in 1906 of keeping that fire to just that part of the building, and the community spirit seemed high then. Shame we cant do the same for todays buildings. And no community would rescue paintings for sure. They wouldn't be allowed for starters.

Such a great thread, lovely history, having 3 lives and it didnt get a forth, that is sad. Bits left it to rot. Such a shame.

Some great shots, it was truly an impressive lovingly built home. Youve covered it really well. :thumb.


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love this! so much information and history provided makes me feel like I am there. Great shots too, love the cob web covered door handle.