Staunton Harold – February 2019 Bulletin

The pine tree by the churchyard wall has leaned as long as I can remember.  Opening the shutters after a stormy night we always checked to see that it was still there.  Its nearest neighbour was a Wellingtonia, planted as a memorial tree when the hall was a hospice...

Staunton Harold – January 2019 Bulletin

Shortly after I was first married, my wife and i invited her old school friend Marcia to stay for a weekend, with her husband and small son.    The lad was at the crawling stage, and his toys were spread all over the floor.   When he’d gone to bed we began tidying up,...

Staunton Notebook – December 2018

We bought the last of the farms and woodland on the Coleorton Estate from Sir George Beamont in 1966.   It had been his family seat for five hundred years, though they’d sold the hall and moved away forty years earlier.   The land adjoined our Staunton Harold...

Staunton Notebook – October 2018

We four country bumpkins from Staunton would make very unhappy jailbirds;  after five hours in the National Exhibition Centre at Birmingham there was palpable relief as we emerged into the open air once more. We went there last week to explore the ‘Grand Designs’...

Staunton Notebook – September 2018

The FERRERS CENTRE -Time for a Revamp Forty four years, – that’s how long it is since we started to convert the derelict stables at Staunton Harold into workshops and studios.   There has been the odd blip along the way, but overall usage has increased steadily...

Staunton Notebook – August 2018

Shortly after we moved in to Staunton Hall in 2003 we were appoached by Nottingham University for permission to bring a coach load of their architecture students for a ‘field day’ in the grounds.    They had been doing this when the hall was a hospice.   Naturally I...