Ravenswick Hall, North Yorkshire
Documenting the building of an
English Country House
Many who live in the town of Kirkbymoorside have been saddened to witness the decline of Ravenswick Hall in recent years. The story of the rise and fall of the house is ably described on the Sometimes Interesting website so little need to repeat it here.
However, following a public exhibition and recent granting of planning permission by Ryedale District Council a new hall, on a grand scale, is to be built.
The existing building, pictured above, will be demolished. In its place, but relocated further away from the road, will be the 10-bedroom Ravenswick Hall with associated buildings, including a leisure building, a service building, detached quadruple garage, gatehouse, pool house, outdoor swimming pool (the old walled garden), garden store, tennis court, landscaped gardens with temple and grotto, two belvederes (structures designed to take advantage of a scenic view) and two linked pools.
In addition, where there are currently farm buildings, will be a four-bedroom “staff dwelling” with an attached double garage and three additional three-bedroom staff dwellings with attached single garages. You can view the plans, including drawings, by visiting Ryedale Council Planning and putting Ravenswick in the search planning applications box.
The design team
The architects for the new buildings are Adam Architecture, who specialise in creating significant new country houses in a classical design.
The council planning committee commended the proposal on its design quality, and welcomed:
The first major new country house to be built in Yorkshire for more than 200 years”.
The time scale for the build, according to architect Robert Adam, will be around two years. The aim of this website is to document it. Permission has been sought to do this – to photograph, film and generally record this exciting project but so far there has been no response.
I do not wish to infringe on the privacy of the owner, who to date have not declared themselves publicly. Rather it is the scale and historic importance of the build that is driving my urge to capture, even if it has to be from the public roadside, the process of creating a building on this scale.
I would love to be more intimately involved as a documentor – time will tell.
Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy this site as I share the developments I witness.