This is a stone house of two storeys and attics, built to an L-shaped plan in the 17th century. It is believed to have been built as a manor house in 1632, although a date about 1680 looks more likely. It is not known when it was divided into three dwellings; it seems unlikely that the interior was initially divided, although there may have been some degree of separation. In the 1960s No. 1 was irreparably damaged when the owner ripped out the whole first floor because it sagged, enlarged all the windows, destroyed the front doorcase and enlarged its opening (1)
A building survey has been carried out by Derbyshire Archaeological Society (EDR 2180), however, no early deeds or other muniments survive. First mention of the Old Hall around 1670. Part of the estate on which the Old Hall stands was sold to James Brownes (Mansfield tobacco manufacturer) as mentioned in a 1857 conveyance. The earliest deed was scheduled in 1857, which was a conveyance of 1726 between Humphrey Clayton, Hannah Hislop and Joseph Briggs. The estate remained in the Briggs familiy until 1782 when Francis Briggs left it to her daughter Elizabeth, who died alone in 1796 with no will. The Old Hall remained in dispute between various families, benefactors and executors, where by 1850 there appear to have been vaiours claimants to the estate- Joseph Briggs (the last recorded Briggs family member in the early 1800s in a dispute with either the Smith Wright family or the Mackenzie family.) (2)
Unpublished document: Hutton, B. Derby Buildings Record. DBR 194, 24th November 1995.
Article in serial: Hutton, B & Riden, P. 2012. 'The Old Hall, Scarcliffe Lanes', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Vol 132, pages 188-207.
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SCARCLIFFE, BOLSOVER, DERBYSHIRE
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