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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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Ravenswick Hall demolition

Demolition continues

But not the main house. Visiting today the red brick wall has been partially demolished as has the squash court immediately behind: This will make viewing the demolition of the main house from the road much easier when it does start in the autumn. You can view the architects drawings on the Ryedale District Council […]

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Work halted at Ravenswick Hall

Demolition comes to dramatic stop today

The discovery of nesting bats under roof tiles of Ravenswick Hall, which was about to be demolished, has meant all work has had to be stopped. As a protected species no disturbance can now take place until at least October. Staff from John Drewett Ecological consultancy were called after several bats flew out when some […]

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Timber being stripped out of Ravenswick Hall buildings

Preparations being made to demolish the hall

A section is being taken out of this building in front of the hall: in order to allow vehicles removing materials to deposit them for sorting across the road where the farm buildings have already been demolished. One of the Gill Demolition team told me all the red brick is going to be palleted and […]

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Ravenswick Estate houses under Holt family ownership? Not sure ...

The road to Ravenswick Hall

Thought it would be interesting for readers, who do not live in Kirkbymoorside, to take a trip up Swineherd Lane which leads from the town to Young Bank Lane where the new hall is being built.

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Gill Demolitions at work at Ravenswick Hall

A tidy site

With most of the farm buildings now down the materials are being sorted into piles ready for processing:

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Barn at Ravenswick Halwith walls and roof now removed

The demolition team

Bradford based Gill Demolitions have been contracted to carry out the demolition work at Ravenswick Hall and are currently taking down the barns opposite the hall. Established in 1954, they are described on their website as: one of the UK’s leading providers of safe, professional and environmentally friendly demolition services. The driving force behind the […]

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Ravenswick Hall walled garden wall to remain

Walled garden wall to remain

The lovely old bricks of the walled garden glowed in the early morning sunlight today. Although the old dilapidated greenhouse will go and eventually the garden will become the location for a swimming pool the lime mortared red bricks will remain. In The Magic of Britain’s Walled Gardens the article outlines the history, tribulations and […]

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New water pipes at Ravenswick Hall

Ravenswick Hall’s water supply

I nearly always meet an interesting person to chat to when making my almost daily sojurn across to Ravenswick Hall. Last night I met a neighbouring landowner who was also checking out progress. I asked him to confirm what I thought had been happening in an adjoining field – namely the laying of water pipes. […]

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New security fencing at Ravenswick Hall

Security fencing upgraded

It was a beautiful evening light as I wandered across to check on today’s developments. Gardeners are complainng of lack of rain with a non stop chilly wind also helping parch the soil. At 7pm it seemed to die down however and with a dark blue sky and bright sunshine the walk across the fields […]

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