Thoresby Hall

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Thoresby Hall
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The hall in 2006
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General information
Town or city Budby, Nottinghamshire
Coordinates 53°13′59″N1°02′39″W / 53.233101°N 1.044147°W / 53.233101; -1.044147
Current tenants Warner Leisure Hotels
The Queen's Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum (Part of Courtyard)
Construction started1864
Client Sydney Pierrepont, 3rd Earl Manvers
Owner Warner Leisure Hotels
LandlordWarner Leisure Hotels
Design and construction
Architect Anthony Salvin
Designations Grade I listed building

Thoresby Hall is a grade I listed 19th-century country house in Budby, Nottinghamshire, some 2 miles (4 km) north of Ollerton. It is one of four neighbouring country houses and estates in the Dukeries in north Nottinghamshire all occupied by dukes at one time during their history. The hall is constructed of rock-faced ashlar with ashlar dressings. It is built in four storeys with a square floor plan surrounding a central courtyard, nine bays wide and eight bays deep. [1]

English country house larger mansion estate in England, UK

An English country house is a large house or mansion in the English countryside. Such houses were often owned by individuals who also owned a town house. This allowed them to spend time in the country and in the city—hence, for these people, the term distinguished between town and country. However, the term also encompasses houses that were, and often still are, the full-time residence for the landed gentry that ruled rural Britain until the Reform Act 1832. Frequently, the formal business of the counties was transacted in these country houses.

Budby village in United Kingdom

Budby is a small hamlet in the civil parish of Perlethorpe-cum-Budby, Nottinghamshire. Budby is about 2 miles (3 km) north of Edwinstowe. Nearby is Thoresby Hall, the former home of the Earl Manvers.

The Dukeries

The Dukeries is an area of the county of Nottinghamshire so called because it contained four ducal seats. It is south of Worksop, which has been called its "gateway". The ducal seats were:



Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull acquired the Thoresby lands in 1633, but was killed in the Civil War in 1643. [2] His son Henry Pierrepont, the 2nd Earl, built the first grand house, attributed to the architect Talman, about 1670. [2] The house was remodelled for William Pierrepont, the 4th Earl, during 1685–87, probably by Benjamin Jackson, after the earl had been granted the right in 1683 to create the park by enclosure from Sherwood Forest. [1] The house was the birthplace of Lady Mary Pierrepont, wife of Edward Wortley Montagu, in 1689. [3]

Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull English politician

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The estate passed to Evelyn Pierrepont, 2nd Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull (1711–1773), who fought at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and during whose ownership the house was destroyed by fire that same year. Twenty years later the architect John Carr during 1767–1772 built a new house on the same site. [1] Humphry Repton landscaped the park at the same time. [2]

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When the 2nd Duke died in 1773 he left the estate to his wife, Elizabeth Chudleigh, the former wife of the Earl of Bristol. After a very public court case, she was declared married bigamously to the duke and obliged to surrender the property on her death in 1786 to the duke's nephew, Charles Medows, a Royal Navy officer. He adopted the name Pierrepont and later became the 1st Earl Manvers. [3]

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The hall in 2007

In 1868, Sydney Pierrepont, the 3rd Earl Manvers, commissioned the celebrated country house architect Anthony Salvin to demolish the house after just a hundred years and replace it with the present house, erected 500 metres (550 yd) to the north. Completed in 1871, it measures 55 metres (180 ft) on its east and south fronts and 48 metres (157 ft) on its west front. The impressive Great Hall, with minstrels' gallery at the west end, is 19 metres (62 ft) long and 14 metres (46 ft) high. The house descended to Gervas Pierrepont, 6th Earl Manvers who died in 1955 without a male heir and the title thereby became extinct. The house remained with his wife, Countess Manvers, and her family. [4]

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To minimise a perceived threat from coal mining subsidence the buildings were sold to the National Coal Board in 1979 and sold on the open market ten years later. The core of the Thoresby furniture collection was retained by the family, while the remainder was sold at auction by Sotheby's in 1989. After a number of owners it was acquired by Warner Leisure Hotels. [3] The 8,400-square-metre (90,000 sq ft) Salvin house had a new bedroom wing added before opening as a 200-room country house hotel with spa facilities in 2000. [3]

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The Queen's Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum occupies part of the courtyard. [5]

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Coordinates: 53°14′00″N1°02′42″W / 53.233469°N 1.045120°W / 53.233469; -1.045120