Thoresby Hall is a grade I listed 19th-century country house in Budby,
Nottinghamshire, some 2 miles (4 km) north of Ollerton. It is one of
four neighbouring country houses and estates in the Dukeries in north
Nottinghamshire all occupied by dukes at one time during their
history. It is now a hotel.
The hall is constructed of rock-faced ashlar with ashlar dressings. It
is built in four storeys with a square floor plan surrounding a
central courtyard, nine bays wide and eight bays deep.
The Queen's Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum
The Queen's Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum occupies
part of the courtyard.
Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull
Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull acquired the
Thoresby lands in 1633, but was killed in the Civil War in 1643. His
son Henry Pierrepont, the 2nd Earl, built the first grand house,
attributed to the architect Talman, about 1670. The house was
remodelled for William Pierrepont, the 4th Earl, during 1685–87,
probably by Benjamin Jackson, after the earl had been granted the
right in 1683 to create the park by enclosure from Sherwood Forest.
The 5th Earl was created the 1st Duke of Kingston in 1715.
The estate passed to Evelyn Pierrepont, 2nd Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull
(1711–1773), who fought at the
Battle of Culloden
Battle of Culloden in 1746 and during
whose ownership the house was destroyed by fire that same year. Twenty
years later the architect John Carr during 1767–1772 built a new
house on the same site.
Humphry Repton landscaped the park at the
When the 2nd Duke died in 1773 he left the estate to his wife,
Elizabeth Chudleigh, the former wife of the Earl of Bristol. After a
very public court case, she was declared married bigamously to the
duke and obliged to surrender the property on her death in 1786 to the
duke's nephew, Charles Medows, a
Royal Navy officer. He adopted the
name Pierrepont and later became the 1st Earl Manvers.
The hall in 2007
During 1868–1874, Sydney Pierrepont, the 3rd Earl Manvers,
commissioned the celebrated country house architect
Anthony Salvin to
demolish the house after just a hundred years and replace it with the
present house, erected 500 metres (550 yd) to the north. It
measures 55 metres (180 ft) on its east and south fronts and 48
metres (157 ft) on its west front. The impressive Great Hall,
with minstrels' gallery at the west end, is 19 metres (62 ft)
long and 14 metres (46 ft) high. The house descended to Gervas
Pierrepont, 6th Earl Manvers who died in 1955 without a male heir and
the title thereby became extinct. The house remained with his wife,
Countess Manvers, and her family.
To minimise a perceived threat from coal mining subsidence the
buildings were sold to the
National Coal Board
National Coal Board in 1979 and sold on the
open market ten years later. After a number of owners it was acquired
Warner Leisure Hotels and opened as an hotel in 2000. The core of
the Thoresby furniture collection was retained by the family, while
the remainder was sold at auction by
Sotheby's in 1989.
The 8,400-square-metre (90,000 sq ft) Salvin house had a new
bedroom wing added before opening as a 200-room country house hotel
with spa facilities. The bulk of the Thoresby Estate is still owned by
the Pierrepont family and only a few acres of immediately adjacent
grounds and gardens are owned by the hotel; the family permits access
along some footpaths close to the house, and others which are rights
The house was the birthplace of Lady Mary Pierrepont, wife of Edward
Thoresby Hall and Adjoining Outbuildings, Gate and Railings,
Perlethorpe cum Budby". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 26 March
^ Historic England. "
Thoresby Hall and adjoining outbuildings, gate
and railings (1045449)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved
15 March 2018.
^ "Thoresby" (PDF). Retrieved 26 March 2013.
^ "Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group". © 2010 All Rights Reserved
• Design by Adam Roe. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
History from Worksop Heritage Trail
A short history from nottshistory.org
A longer history from the same site
The official Warner website about the hotel
Coordinates: 53°14′00″N 1°02′42″W / 53.233469°N
1.045120°W / 53.233469; -1.045120
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