Parlington Hall :: The Layout

The above image is a brief animation which steps through the layout of the hall as it was at its peak in the late nineteenth century (1885), through to the view as can be seen on Google Earth today. The red coloured section is the remaining west wing shown superimposed over the 1885 plan.

It can be seen that the ground coverage of the hall in the late nineteenth century was extensive. Much larger than Lotherton Hall, its successor from the beginning of the twentieth century.

The entire area covered by the image was landscaped with closely cut lawns, gravel pathways and flower borders. Whereas now the woodland is creeping ever closer and the weeds are endemic, beyond the grass to the top right is now a cherry plantation.

A Recent 2006 Aerial Shot

The remaining West Wing is something of a disfunctional building from an architectural perspective, it having been cruelly sliced off on the northern elevation and re-formed to provide the main entrance area as shown in the picture below, which although attractive hides the fact that the roof was originally formed behind a parapet wall and the two hips seen in the view were clearly created when the elevation was remodelled in the 1980's.

At the western side the wall finishes in a gable end, this is due to the fact it was unceremoniously sheared off from the stable block when that was demolished in the late 1960's. I am reliably informed that during the dismantling the south wall started to move out at the eaves and was in danger of collapsing, it was rapidly shored up until long bolts could be inserted to stitch it back together. The bolts are still there to this day and the wall is clearly four or five inches out of position at the eaves!

1950's View of the West Wing

The picture above shows the end of the stables and the west wing around the mid fifties, the section with the dark painted/stained window and door beneath, beyond the second chimney in the centre of the picture, is the start of the stable block which was removed after the cross wall in which the chimney sits, as can be seen on the modern photo below.

The View Today

The Gardens [Added: 14/09/2009]

One thing that is very clear from the period of Isabella and Frederick Trench-Gascoigne, [mid 19th century through to 1891 and perhaps beyond, even after her death.] is that no trees were to be felled or even pruned without the express consent of Isabella. With this in mind I intend to add a section in the near future which details some of the gardening activities from that era.

Cedar Trees

Featuring in the gardens were specimen trees, in particular around the house on the east end near the conservatory were two large cedars. Sadly both have been felled in more recent times, the positions on the ground are still visible by the remaining stumps and root systems, but not for much longer I suspect as they are very decomposed now. The two trees are indicated on the plan by red squares they feature in the collection of photographs by George Fowler Jones, which I hope to be able to publish at some point. However following a visit to Sandringham and a walk around the magnificent grounds, I chanced upon some very similar looking cedars, so I include the picture to give an idea of the landscape towards the end of the nineteenth century.

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Please read this note in conjunction with the Pop-Up plan layout of the probable demolition sequence.
The section annotated as the Pre 1952 Demolition: Porte Chochère, Main Entrance Hall, Ancilliary single storey structures, Kitchens, Servants hall, [highlighted in maroon] were removed some years earlier than the section [Highlighted in Green] which were removed from 1952. The Demolitions sequence is a bit out of date now, as new evidence has enabled me to be more precise about when certain parts were removed, the plan will be updated soon, in the meantime the overall pricipals remain similar. For example the 1952 Demolition was not a precise date, the structure was dismantled gradually, probably into the late 1950's. The section descibed as 1965+ can be split into two the lower section beyond the Yard and main Stable Block, was removed pre 1952, possibly around the 1930's.

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