Pitchford Hall, Abandoned Country House, UK

Pitchford Hall, England

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

Visited March 2015 Pitchford, Shropshire, UK Abandoned

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]

 

Pitchford Hall - Tudor clad exterior
Pitchford Hall – Tudor clad exterior
Pitchford Hall - Very detailed exterior
Pitchford Hall – Very detailed exterior
 
Pitchford Hall - Room with amazing ceiling
Pitchford Hall – Room with amazing ceiling
Pitchford Hall - Huge room with stunning timber and ceiling
Pitchford Hall – Huge room with stunning timber and ceiling
Pitchford Hall - Big timber room
Pitchford Hall – Big timber room
 
Pitchford Hall - Ceiling detail
Pitchford Hall – Ceiling detail
Pitchford Hall - Large fireplace surrounded by timber
Pitchford Hall – Large fireplace surrounded by timber
Pitchford Hall - Another timber clad room
Pitchford Hall – Another timber clad room
 
Pitchford Hall - Entrance hall
Pitchford Hall – Entrance hall
Pitchford Hall - Looks like some repair work is taking place
Pitchford Hall – Looks like some repair work is taking place
Pitchford Hall - Timber beams
Pitchford Hall – Timber beams
Pitchford Hall - Room with carved fireplace
Pitchford Hall – Room with carved fireplace
 
Pitchford Hall - Carved fireplace detail
Pitchford Hall – Carved fireplace detail
Pitchford Hall - Wood panels and carved fireplace
Pitchford Hall – Wood panels and carved fireplace
Pitchford Hall - Panelled room
Pitchford Hall – Panelled room
Pitchford Hall - Staircase
Pitchford Hall – Staircase
 
Pitchford Hall - Twisting staircase
Pitchford Hall – Twisting staircase
Pitchford Hall - Stairs and hall
Pitchford Hall – Stairs and hall
Pitchford Hall - Top of the stairs
Pitchford Hall – Top of the stairs
Pitchford Hall - Upstairs room
Pitchford Hall – Upstairs room
Pitchford Hall - Wooden room
Pitchford Hall – Wooden room
 
Pitchford Hall - Bathroom
Pitchford Hall – Bathroom
Pitchford Hall - Bedroom with fireplace
Pitchford Hall – Bedroom with fireplace
Pitchford Hall - Bedroom
Pitchford Hall – Bedroom
 
Pitchford Hall - View out of window
Pitchford Hall – View out of window
Pitchford Hall - Back to back fireplace in centre of room
Pitchford Hall – Back to back fireplace in centre of room
Pitchford Hall - Other side of fireplace
Pitchford Hall – Other side of fireplace
Pitchford Hall - Arched room
Pitchford Hall – Arched room
 
Pitchford Hall - Kitchen
Pitchford Hall – Kitchen
Pitchford Hall - The house next to the brook
Pitchford Hall – The house next to the brook

References

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

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