Sir John Soane was one of the most important Regency architects, responsible for some of the most interesting buildings in the country. However, many of his commissions were urban or were additions to existing country houses. This makes the country houses which he designed alone quite rare – and as a master architect they are usually amongst the most beautiful and elegant buildings in the country. However, despite their rarity and elegance they have often been mistreated.
Pell Well Hall is one such example. Built between 1822-28 for the wealthy iron merchant, Mr Purney Sillitoe, it later became a boys school until the mid-1960s when it passed again into private ownership. This however was a period which ended with the house as a fire-ravaged shell on the verge of collapse. There was widespread concern with the house appearing on the various ‘building at risk’ registers. This led to a concerted effort which removed the unsympathetic Victorian and Edwardian additions (sorry SPAB) leaving an eminently manageable country house. The restoration programme stabilised the building and interior and the house was put on the market about two years ago. Unfortunately, like Soane’s other ‘at risk’ house, Piercefield in Chepstow (also for sale with Strutt & Parker), it failed to find a buyer.
So, once again, the elegant Pell Well Hall is again for sale. Strutt & Parker are offering the Grade-II* house with 4 acres of land, with the guide price of £750,000 reflecting the level of work that will be required to restore this important house (think low single digit millions to do it properly). It could be used for leisure or commercial purposes but really this house cries out for someone to make it a home.
Full details: ‘Pell Wall, Market Drayton, Shropshire‘ [Strutt & Parker]