Yesterday we spent a wonderful afternoon over the county border in Alstonefield, Staffordshire, exploring Alstonefield Hall.
Many thanks to the distinguished historian and archaeologist, Tom Addyman, for leading the visit.
Tom is advising the restoring owner on the history of the building and was able to share some of his knowledge and findings to date with us today.
The Manor House was built, or rather rebuilt, in 1587 by John Harpur, the son and heir of a wealthy London judge and ancestor of the Harpur Crewes of Calke Abbey.
The Hall gradually went down in status over several centuries until modern times when it was last occupied as a working farm - with only one part of the building used, with the majority of the rooms remaining as they had been for centuries.
The Hall is Grade II* listed and awaits planning consent to undertake a major programme of restoration.
We can’t wait to return following the restoration!