TG1636 : Bessingham Manor

taken 7 years ago, near to Bessingham, Norfolk, Great Britain

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Bessingham Manor
Bessingham Manor
Due to be demolished the Manor has an unusually interesting history. For more information read the shared description by Evelyn Simak.
Bessingham Manor
Bessingham Manor was owned by members of the Spurrell family who also owned the Manor in nearby Thurgarton. The family had close links, dating back 500 years, with the Norfolk villages of Erpingham and with other Norfolk families, especially the Flaxmans of Sidestrand and Roughton. Bessingham Manor was built in 1870, the date stone can be seen on the west elevation. The last Spurrell owner, Edmund Denham Spurrell, is described as having been a bit of an eccentric. He used to keep a bear at the manor which one day escaped and attacked one of the housemaids. After Edmund D Spurrell's passing in 1952 the nine-bedroom house was sold but it soon became apparent that urgently required repairs would be far too costly. Ever since that time the grand house has stood empty. Over time water has seeped through the leaking roof, leading to the collapse of all the upper floors. Stepping inside is like stepping into a time capsule. Ivy and brambles have started to reclaim the exterior.

The derelict structure was put on the market and has recently been sold to developers who plan to recreate the grandeur of the old manor. This will be achieved by demolishing and then rebuilding with reclaimed materials, following the original 19th century architectural drawings. Original plans to restore the existing building to its former glory ground to a halt when a structural report revealed too many problems: a restoration would cost far more than the building would ever be worth.

The modern-day Manor House will have an internal floor area of 10,000 sq/ft (930 sq/m) and there will be seven bedrooms, although the property has been designed so that further bedroom accommodation can be provided if required. There will also be a self contained two bedroom apartment that will be linked to the house at ground and first floor levels.

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Date Taken
Monday, 28 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 28 March, 2011
Ruins > Manor house (ruined)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 168 364 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.9220N 1:13.3012E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 168 364
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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