A chance feature in Lincolnshire Life in 1968 led me on my Lincolnshire Road Car Company staff bus-pass to another remote country house not far from Cadeby Hall – the Italianate fantasy of Grainsby Hall, which clearly bemused Henry Thorold in his Lincolnshire Houses book and was dismissed by Pevsner as “crazy”.
I didn’t think the place at all crazy; in fact, I rather liked it.
It was wilfully asymmetrical, with a tower over the entrance portico and lots of stark plate glass windows which, in 1968, were largely intact.
When I revisited by car a couple of years later, the windows – and, I think, the door – had gone and I was free to take pictures of the shattered and clearly dangerous interior, which included a grand octagonal drawing room and a massive galleried staircase hall.
This Italianate confectionery dated from 1860 and was built around an earlier, eighteenth-century house.
The Haigh family has owned the Grainsby estate since it came to William Haigh of Norland, Halifax, by marriage in 1827. In the nineteenth century the family owned the Garden Street Mill in Halifax.
The Hall must have been a splendid place but it was occupied by the military during World War II and fell into disrepair.
For a time it was used as a grain store, until it became dangerous.
It quickly became beyond saving, even between the dates of my two visits, and it was duly demolished in February 1973.
The c1820 stable block remains and is listed Grade II.