Site visitors asked to report to gatehouse at Ravenswick Hall

Gatehouse installed and fencing going up

Latest developments are fenced screening being installed on the site: and also a gatehouse: with instructions: I have been asked, on more than one occasion, not take photos of construction staff working on the site. Though I am completely within my rights to take photographs from a public road and will continue to do so, as […]

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Groundworks now quite extensive at Ravenswick Hall

Groundworks continue

Site works are moving along rapidly now with a large workforce and heavy machinery in use. An overnight deluge was causing a great deal of run off along Swineherd Lane but when I got to Ravenswick there was plenty going on: Looks like some temporary fencing might be going up. Pipeworks being laid which will […]

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Workers reclain bricks in the walled garden at the Ravenswick site

The hall is gone

Finally, after months of preparation and the odd false start, Ravenswick which was a small homestead in 1740 then greatly extended in 1910 to become Ravenswick Hall, is no more. A convoy of lorries take away materials that cannot be recycled. Workers meanwhile continue to reclaim as many old bricks as possible from the walled […]

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Ravenswick Hall demolition continues

Midges in the walled garden

As you can see from the images below McAlpine’s have cracked on with the walled garden removing vegetation, an old greenhouse and taking down crumbling sections of wall. Bricks have been salvaged where possible for re-use. While I was there, though workers were all wearing hard hats, the local midges were having a busy time […]

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Bat barn Ravenswick Hall

Big changes happening

When I went down to site yesterday there was an noticeable difference: Before: After: Talking to Richard, one of the McAlpine site managers, it was hoped that some of the stone could have been used from this building that was ‘restored’ by the previous owner but it turned out to be of poor quality. It […]

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Developers portacabins at Ravenswick Hall

Work begins anew on Ravenswick Hall

After a summer break which gave the bats time and space to raise their young the last couple of weeks has seen the contractors moving back on site. Local residents were alerted to this by signs of road closure on Swineherd Lane. Chatting to a couple of workmen this was for the creation of passing […]

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Ravenswick at night

All quiet at Ravenswick Hall

After the noise and demolition of recent weeks there is quiet now at Ravenswick Hall which I’m sure the roosting bats will enjoy. There will be no more activity until the autumn so this blog have a short break over the summer and leave you with this lovely image by jackdylanpreston who posts on Instagram: […]

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Panoramic shot of the Ravenswick Hall building site

Work come to a stop now … I think

I cycled over to Ravenswick this evening to check on progress and it looks like all is ship shape with work halted, at least for a while. Here’s a panoramic shot of the site, slightly grainy due to the low light level, but it gives you an idea: I’ll keep checking, the exercise is good […]

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Demolishing brick wall at Ravenswick Hall

Demolition is not all big machines

Sometimes it’s slow and possibly painful. Today several workers from Gill Demolition were taking down the wall at the front of the house, brick by brick. Although plenty shattered they are trying to save as many as possible and this means taking it down by hand. Salvage value of old bricks like these is about […]

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Ravenswick Hall in the 1970s

Annabel Holt, who used to live at Ravenswick Hall, dropped off some photos of the hall taken during the 1970’s and is happy for these to be shared on this website. The lawns in front of the house always had lots going on during the summer months, including a visit from Richard Whiteley: Dogs and […]

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Gazette & Herald coverage of Ravenswick Hall demolition

Coverage in the Gazette & Herald

Following an interview last week with reporter David Mackie an account of the halting of the demolition of Ravenswick Hall has appeared in the Gazette & Herald. As recent pictures taken at the site reveal the house is now boarded up until the autumn when I’m told work, permits allowing, may begin again.

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Ravenswick Hall boarded up

Ravenswick Hall boarded up

Following the discovery of roosting bats under the roof tiles of the hall, which was about to be demolished,  work now seems to have stopped. Vandalism has been a problem in recent months with the derelict house a magnet for local children. It’s not surprising to see that windows have now been boarded up. Will […]

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