SE0927 : Scout Hall

taken 8 years ago, near to Ovenden, Calderdale, Great Britain

Scout Hall
Scout Hall
Built for John Mitchell in 1681. Listed Grade II*, an early example of Classical style. Pevsner described as “that improbable, half-derelict palace in the deserted countryside.” (Buildings of England, Yorkshire West Riding, p240) Well, the countryside here is far from deserted, but it is certainly a surprise to come across such a large mansion when walking along the driveway to the adjacent farm.
Malcolm Bull’s Calderdale Companion has the following information about John Mitchell. He was born in 1659, the son of Samuel Mitchell. He was a gentleman who had risen from yeoman-clothier stock. He may have been a silk importer. In 1678, he married the 15-year-old Mary Wilton. He demolished Upper Scout, Shibden and built a new house – Scout Hall – where the couple lived from 1681. He was a reckless gambler, and in 1886 passed the house to his wife to secure them against his gambling debts. He organised horse-racing on Swales Moor. On Sunday, 8th May 1681, one of his races above Pule Nick attracted about 450 people and upset Oliver Heywood and others. He died in 1696 at the age of 37.
A brave couple have bought the house, and plan to renovate it over the next few years. Wish them good luck!
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Date Taken
Saturday, 20 October, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 23 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Grassland  Housing, Dwellings 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0950 2770 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:44.7355N 1:51.4459W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0950 2769
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