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Report - Ryton House, Coventry. September 2021


RXQueen

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Visited with @Chloe Explores

Our last explore of the day on the way home from Birmingham.

You have to sort of sneak past a house to get to it but once behind the fence you can’t be see. When we first arrived and got in its quite deceiving how large it is. It’s not advisable to go upstairs as a very large part is missing having fallen through to the ground floor. We also decided against going into the cellar.

A shell of a building but I quite like shells, sometimes they’re very photogenic. I loved the staircase, it must have been very grand before it faded away to the elements. Has very obviously become a haven for graffiti artists and no doubt the local hangout for whatever kids get up to these days.

History -

Ryton House is an early 19th Century Grade II listed Manor House. since 1954 the building and site were owned by the Royal British Legion until its closure in 2006.

The site, which had previously formed part of the Wolford and Halle Fields, was part of an Enclosure Award of just over 24 acres (c 10ha) which was made to the Wilcox family in 1760. This passed by inheritance to Abraham Awson, who in turn left the property to Stephen Freeman in 1798. Freeman (1774-1856) was a member of a long-established Coventry family of Unitarian tradesmen, and in 1806-7 built the present villa. The OS Surveyor's drawing (1813) shows the house set in smaller gardens than at present to the north, east and south sides, but Greenwood's Map of Warwickshire (1820) indicates that by that date the basic form of the surviving landscape had been achieved. Stephen Freeman's brother, William (1773-1849), was an amateur artist of local note (Fretton 1883), and may have been responsible for laying out the grounds at Ryton; he spent his latter years at Ryton House.

Following Stephen Freeman's death in 1856, the property was owned in turn by his nieces, Catherine (Mrs Charles Twamley d 1883) and Mary. Miss Mary Freeman died in 1895, leaving the estate to her nephew, Charles Browett. Browett, a Coventry solicitor, owned Ryton House until after the Second World War, when it became a Royal British Legion Club.

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