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Sockburn Hall

I am very excited. On Saturday I am going toSockburn Hall. My grandparents lived there and my mother too, for some years before she married.
It had a lovely garden but it has been lost. After Granny left it went through a very traumatic period, during which pigs lived in the hall and many of the trees were cut down.
Although I was only 9 when the war started, I remember it well in its heyday. The tennis courts were dug up and potatoes were grown during the war.During the last decades it has continued to grow into a wilderness and dogs were kenneled on the big lawn. Now there is a huge effort going into recovering the garden and I believe a start has been made on the house. Sadly, that will be a much bigger job and probably not possible because of financial restraints. Volunteers are working on the garden and some money has been raised. I shall tell you more after Saturday. I expect I shall blog about it.

Posted at 24th Mar 2009 - 10:34PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Sockburn Hall Comments: 13

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I have just googled Sockburn Hall, Withy and read a lot about it. It sounds fascinating - it's a pity it is so far away from us here. I shall get the book. I love reading about old houses like that. Are you going to help?

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 24th Mar 2009 at 10:46PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Oh I do hope it is rescued . . . hate to see beautiful old buildings allowed to disintegrate, or knocked down and new houses built on the land.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 24th Mar 2009 at 10:56PM

Withy Brook's Avatar I am really going to see it again and try to give them some info from my childhood memories. I shall help too if there is anything suitable for an oldie!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 24th Mar 2009 at 11:04PM

Patsy's Avatar I know it means a lot to you Withy,
Have a great time reminiscing!

Posted by: Patsy on 25th Mar 2009 at 12:06AM

Pondside's Avatar I had a very good look at that blog - so interesting. You must be very pleased to see the work that's being done. I look forward to reading your blog about it.

Posted by: Pondside on 25th Mar 2009 at 04:22AM

Withy you are so interesting, what a gorgeous place to live have a lovely day i'm sure you will, and give those gardeners some pointers in how it should look xxo

Posted by: Bodran on 25th Mar 2009 at 11:02AM

Withy - how fantastic! Can't wait to read all about this adventure.

Very Happy

Posted by: Crucifix on 25th Mar 2009 at 01:07PM

Milla's Avatar Cor, what a fantastic place that looks! It'll be strange to feel those ghosts when you go back.

Posted by: Milla on 25th Mar 2009 at 02:11PM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Withy, Would love to be going with you to hear all your stories. I spent ages reading all about Sockburn last night. What an interesting history, and fascinating family you come from. Loved the story about Wordsworth(my favourite poet) and Coldridge visiting. I was a conservation volunteer, when we lived in Chester. It was great fun, and so interesting. You will have to write a book about it, so we can all buy it. You have had such an interesting life. Enjoy every minute of it.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 25th Mar 2009 at 03:18PM

Looks fabulous and how wonderful to have the chance to have input into its restoration; an exciting project.

I received an invite yesterday to visit Frogmore and Home Farm, the private gardens of HM at Windsor Castle yesterday, via the Friends scheme at The Savill Gardens. Same day as an oncologist trip though so probably won't make it.

Posted by: Zoe on 25th Mar 2009 at 04:12PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Withy...what a glorious place....
...just read the lot except for the architecture and archaeology which I am saving for later (best 'til last in my case)!!

What an interesting past your family has...and if I lived nearer I'd love to give a hand at clearing the brambles or whatever!!

I wish you all lots of luck....have they applied for/got Heritage Lottery funding. Would they be eligible for that??

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 25th Mar 2009 at 05:33PM

SallysChateau's Avatar Withy, how terribly exciting for you, look forward to the blog.

Posted by: SallysChateau on 25th Mar 2009 at 09:42PM

KittyB's Avatar Brilliant - I am on a spring clean the school day or else I'd pop in. We had a U3A walk by Sockburn recently, rumours abound as to the state of the place and an old lady living there with cats - will be nice to find out some more about that lovely house.

Posted by: KittyB on 26th Mar 2009 at 08:43PM

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