Monthly Archives: March 2010

The glory that is Chatsworth House today

The modern era has, in many ways, not been kind to our country houses.  Faced with massive social changes in the early part of the 20th-century staff became harder to find leading to reduced maintainence.  Often this started a spiral … Continue reading

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Ury House restoration project still in doubt a year on

When the developers FM Developments went into administration in 2009, it put in jeopardy a huge development scheme which was to fund the restoration of the historic Ury House.  The size of Ury House meant that any scheme was going … Continue reading

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A religious conversion: Rempstone Hall

In the early part of the 20th-century one option for a country house to avoid demolition was to be converted to institutional use.  In this way, many houses became schools, hospitals or offices, but also some became religious institutions – … Continue reading

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The economics of selling a country house: Kiddington Hall

An article regarding the sale of Kiddington Hall in the Financial Times has highlighted that the asking price of a country house when put on the market is not the amount which will end up in the buyer’s pocket. When … Continue reading

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Townhead House, untouched since 1939, to be restored

Townhead House is a rare thing indeed – a house which has not been altered since before the last people to use it left in 1939 but also is not in a dire state of dereliction.  Its unoccupied status was … Continue reading

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Lytham Hall restoration to secure future

To secure the future of what is considered to be one of the finest Georgian houses in Lancashire, the owners of  Lytham Hall have unveiled an ambitious £5m restoration plan. The house was built for Thomas Clifton by the famous … Continue reading

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English Heritage grant helps towards Sockburn Hall restoration

A project to restore the long-neglected Sockburn Hall has received a boost with a grant for £37,000 from English Heritage.  This is in addition to the £38,000 it was also awarded last year as part of a long-term project to … Continue reading

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