I recently went for a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon explore with my mum and nan. They’ve lived in the area for years and guided me through a thick forest to see this place. We could’ve gone the easy way, but that passes the ground-keeper’s house – that wouldn’t have been fun.
The hall was owned by the Agnew family. I don’t know much else, other than the army took it over during WW2 when they built an air base a short distance away which sealed the fate of the Hall. It was the victim of a stray German bomb intended for the base.
The apparently 2000lb bomb exploded (landed?) in the courtyard – this destroyed the foundations of the building. Chimneys fell through the rooves. Walls fell down. And the place was in ruins.
60 years later, nature is quickly taking over. Huge trees are growing in the middle of rooms. Ivy engulfing the walls. And so on…
It’s magnificent today. I can’t even begin to imagine it in it’s heydey. – see below.
Oh, I found this picture in an old local magazine – “The Way We Were”, jam-packed full of old photos of my area.
As you can see, only a small portion of the building on the right remains.
A few photos from inside…
Nearby is a little clock tower. There was no visible entrance on the side I was – the other side is in someone’s garden. The time is 0105 – when the place was bombed..