Throwley Old Hall

Historic Building in Bakewell

Throwley Old Hall
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Throwley Old Hall, located near the village of Calton and alongside the River Manifold in north-east Staffordshire, England, is a historic stately home in a state of ruin. It holds the distinction of being a Grade II* listed building and a scheduled monument. Currently, the estate is privately owned.

The house, positioned in a north-east/south-west alignment, consists of two storeys, with an attached square tower of three storeys at the north-east corner. S. C. Hall, a writer in the mid-19th century, described the house in its intact state as follows: “It is constructed with local limestone, embellished with larger gritstones for the corners, and its weathered walls carry a significant age. The eastern side showcases gables, a large bayed window divided by stone mullions, terminating in depressed arches, and a robust square tower that harkens back to the 16th century, the period of its construction.” The building’s condition in 1921 resembled its present state.

Throwley Old Hall has a historical connection with the Meverell and Cromwell families. According to the 16th-century writer Sampson Erdeswicke, “Throwley is an attractive, ancient house with a magnificent estate, serving as the residence of the Meverells, a highly esteemed and long-standing family, rivaling the best gentlemen in the Shire.” Oliver de Meverell settled here by 1203, and the surviving structure dates from the early 16th century. The final Meverell residing at Throwley Hall was Robert Meverell, who passed away on February 5, 1626. In the Church of the Holy Cross at Ilam, an alabaster tomb memorializes Robert and his wife Elizabeth, who died on August 5, 1628. The inscription reveals that their only child married Thomas Lord Cromwell, Viscount Lecale, a descendant of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s minister.

After the Cromwell family, ownership of Throwley Hall transferred to Edward Southwell, the 21st Baron de Clifford, who subsequently sold it to Samuel Crompton in 1790. Samuel Crompton passed it down to his son, Sir Samuel Crompton, 1st Baronet. Earl Cathcart later became the owner of the estate.

From around 1836, Francis Allen Parramore (1795-1862) resided at Throwley Hall, followed by his son William Thomas Parramore (1840-1913) until 1877, when he and his family moved to Australia.

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Visiting Throwley Old Hall

Address: Throwley Old Hall, Farwall Lane, Ashbourne, UK
Duration: 20 minutes

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