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Britains Abandoned Country Houses

by Andy on December 4, 2009

in Culture

In the early 1900’s many of Britains great country houses and stately homes slipped in to disrepair or were even demolished due to the poor financial climate after the war and unaffordably high taxes. Many of these historical and architectural gems are now shells of their former selves or even no longer exist. It is a travesty that these important parts of our cultural heritage were allowed to be destroyed and a long term reminder of the economic impact of two wars. Below are some of the most amazing country houses and stately homes that were allowed to be destroyed or fall in to ruin.

Witley Court, West Midlands

Witley Court was once one of the great houses of the Midlands, first built in 1735 and developed throughout the 1800’s. In 1937 the building fell in to ruin following a fire and was left abandoned until 1972 when it was aquired by the government.

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Witley Court

Whitley Court

Clumber House, Nottinghamshire

The beautiful Clumber House which stood next to a lake in Nottinghamshire was demolished in 1937. All that remains of it now are some of the grounds which are open to the public.

Clumber House

Clumber House

Clumber House

Clumber House

Sutton Scarsdale Hall, Derbyshire

There are records of an estate at Sutton Scarsdale as far back as 1002. In 1917 Sutton scarsdale Hall was broken up and the pieces sold off, with the new owners going as far as to even sell the roof.

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Hafodunas Hall, Llangernyw

Built in the early 1800’s and destroyed by fire in 2004.

Beaudesert Hall, Staffordshire

This beautiful country home just north of Burntwood was demolished in 1935 due to insufficent wealth and the parts sold off.

Beaudesert Hall

Beaudesert Hall - 1870

Beaudesert Hall - 1870

Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire

Demolished in 1926 to make way for a new house.

Addington Manor

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Demolished in 1952, the shell of the building is now in the centre of the famous themepark which has developed on the grounds.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers

Eridge Castle, Sussex

Demolished in 1937.

Eridge Castle

Eridge Castle - c1900

Basing House, Hants

Artists impression of the storming of Basing House, 13 October 1645

Aerial view of Basing House site

Moreton Corbet Hall, Shropshire

There are records of a building at Moreton Corbet as far back as 1086 and the main building was completed in the 1600’s. The ruins that are still there today date back to the 11th or 12th century.

  • http://lagunaagent.com Brett Dalbeth

    These are photos are awesome. Many high end Architects here in California are using these as examples when designing custom Estates for the average millionaire. in fact before I was involved in selling Real Estate our Construction Company helped build a Replica in Newport beach. Its currently for sale at $21,500,000 http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=6986392889081088330&q=21%2BHermitage%2BLn%2Bnewport%2Bbeach

  • http://lagunaagent.com Brett Dalbeth

    These are photos are awesome. Many high end Architects here in California are using these as examples when designing custom Estates for the average millionaire. in fact before I was involved in selling Real Estate our Construction Company helped build a Replica in Newport beach. Its currently for sale at $21,500,000 http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=6986392889081088330&q=21%2BHermitage%2BLn%2Bnewport%2Bbeach

  • msl78

    Interesting I would like to restore one of those buildings and live in their,
    but the central heating would cost you a bomb unless you had a lot of fire wood to spare,lol

  • msl78

    Interesting I would like to restore one of those buildings and live in their,
    but the central heating would cost you a bomb unless you had a lot of fire wood to spare,lol

  • http://www.lostheritage.org.uk Matt [Lost Heritage]

    Hi 

    I’ve just discovered this page and thought your readers might be interested in my Lost Heritage website (http://www.lostheritage.org.uk) which is a memorial to the lost country houses of England and from where the black & white photos used here are sourced from.  The aim is to create a master list of all the significant country houses which have been demolished or are now ruins to ensure that we can’t forget the many losses we have already suffered.  Hopefully this will inspire us all to care, appreciate and defend the many beautiful country houses we do still have.

    If anyone has any questions please do get in contact.

    Kind regards

    Matt

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