Pitchford Hall, Abandoned Country House, UK

An abandoned country house with stunning a Tudor façade exterior and lots of original timber-work inside.

Pitchford Hall, England
 

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History of the abandoned Pitchford Hall

Pitchford Hall is one of England’s finest Elizabethan half timbered houses. Built in the 1560s in the Tudor style, the house is now Grade I listed. A medieval manor once existed on the grounds and it is possible that parts of that may still existing in the fabric of the west wing.

The house is built in three wings forming a large ‘E’ shape. Soon after the three wings were completed a garderobe tower was added to the north east corner, overlooking the brook and rolling parkland.

In the 19th Century, George Devey, brought the house up to date in accordance with Victorian country house planning including the installation of running water for bathrooms and toilets.

Some of the more famous guests to stay at Pitchford over the years include Queen Victoria who as Princess Victoria, aged 13 was entertained at the Hall in 1832 by the then owner 3rd Earl of Liverpool. In 1935 the then Duke of York (later George VI) and his wife Queen Elizabeth (now the Queen Mother) stayed. During World War II, Pitchford was one of the houses selected as a place of safety for King George and his wife Queen Elizabeth and their daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The operation to relocate the Royal Family to Pitchford was called the Coates Mission.

The House was sold in 1992 after attempts to save it for the nation failed. Unfortunately the Hall is no longer open to the public and is on English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk Register. 1

Our Visit
Spider Monkey and I were in the vicinity of this old house so decided to go and check it out. Late in the day, the light was fading when we arrived, so we had a quick reccie and planned to return at a later date. Once we had seen the amazing building it didn’t take long for us to get back!

I had heard of a Victorian tree-house in the grounds, but it didn’t sound too exciting so we didn’t check it out – A decision I now regret. I have since seen pictures of the tree-house and it looks amazing, fully decorated inside with ornate plasterwork.

 

Pitchford Hall - Tudor clad exterior

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Pitchford Hall – Tudor clad exterior

Pitchford Hall - Very detailed exterior

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Pitchford Hall – Very detailed exterior

Pitchford Hall - Room with amazing ceiling

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Pitchford Hall – Room with amazing ceiling

Pitchford Hall - Huge room with stunning timber and ceiling

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Pitchford Hall – Huge room with stunning timber and ceiling

Pitchford Hall - Big timber room

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Pitchford Hall – Big timber room

Pitchford Hall - Ceiling detail

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Pitchford Hall – Ceiling detail

Pitchford Hall - Large fireplace surrounded by timber

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Pitchford Hall – Large fireplace surrounded by timber

Pitchford Hall - Another timber clad room

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Pitchford Hall – Another timber clad room

Pitchford Hall - Entrance hall

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Pitchford Hall – Entrance hall

Pitchford Hall - Looks like some repair work is taking place

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Pitchford Hall – Looks like some repair work is taking place

Pitchford Hall - Timber beams

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Pitchford Hall – Timber beams

Pitchford Hall - Room with carved fireplace

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Pitchford Hall – Room with carved fireplace

Pitchford Hall - Carved fireplace detail

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Pitchford Hall – Carved fireplace detail

Pitchford Hall - Wood panels and carved fireplace

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Pitchford Hall – Wood panels and carved fireplace

Pitchford Hall - Panelled room

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Pitchford Hall – Panelled room

Pitchford Hall - Staircase

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Pitchford Hall – Staircase

Pitchford Hall - Twisting staircase

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Pitchford Hall – Twisting staircase

Pitchford Hall - Stairs and hall

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Pitchford Hall – Stairs and hall

Pitchford Hall - Top of the stairs

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Pitchford Hall – Top of the stairs

Pitchford Hall - Upstairs room

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Pitchford Hall – Upstairs room

Pitchford Hall - Wooden room

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Pitchford Hall – Wooden room

Pitchford Hall - Bathroom

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Pitchford Hall – Bathroom

Pitchford Hall - Bedroom with fireplace

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Pitchford Hall – Bedroom with fireplace

Pitchford Hall - Bedroom

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Pitchford Hall – Bedroom

Pitchford Hall - View out of window

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Pitchford Hall – View out of window

Pitchford Hall - Back to back fireplace in centre of room

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Pitchford Hall – Back to back fireplace in centre of room

Pitchford Hall - Other side of fireplace

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Pitchford Hall – Other side of fireplace

Pitchford Hall - Arched room

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Pitchford Hall – Arched room

Pitchford Hall - Kitchen

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Pitchford Hall – Kitchen

Pitchford Hall - The house next to the brook

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Pitchford Hall – The house next to the brook

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  1. Source: http://www.pitchfordestate.com/history.aspx

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