Fireplaces and Ceilings

On 19th January 1948, an article appeared in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, under the heading of  “Bretton Hall Cost”.  The article included a section about Lord Allendale’s intention to remove certain ‘fixtures’ before completing the sale:


The council approved the purchase of the Hall and part of the grounds from Lord Allendale … at the beginning of last year,  at a cost of £35,000, but negotiations have been delayed because of the owner’s desire not to part with the property until fixtures retained by him had been removed.”
“It has now been agreed that the purchase price shall be reduced to £33,200, because more fixtures have been retained by Lord Allendale than was originally contemplated.”


The said ‘fixtures’  included almost all of the fireplaces – only four remained – and many of the mahogany doors, carvings and other moveable decorations.  The beautiful Regency Library was stripped bare, all of its fixtures and fittings being removed.

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The Four Fireplaces Remaining in Situ at Bretton Hall.

Lord Allendale’s Study.

Dining Room

Tapestry Drawing Room

Music Room

Only Five Rooms With Decorative Ceilings Remain.

Ceiling in Lady Allendale’s Boudoir


Breakfast Room

Yellow Drawing Room

Dining Room

Tapestry Drawing Room

Photographs by Tony Rigby, January 2015