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The Red Hall, Bourne

By GordonLack
This image of The Elizabethan styled Red Hall in Bourne, was built by Gilbert Fisher a London grocer in 1605, using red bricks made in Bourne. His decendents lived in the Hall for almost a century before the tenancy was taken on by the Digby family which led to the mistaken belief that the hall was used by conspiritors of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

After the death of Lady Catherine Digby in 1836 The Red Hall became a private school before being sold to the railways in 1860 where it was used as the booking office and home of the stationmaster for the next 99 years, until 1959 when the railway station closed.

Having stood empty for several years, under threat of demolition, it was acquired by Bourne United Charities and restored to its former glory and is now a grade II listed building and has been used for film and television dramas.

Dispite being flanked on one side by a modern housing estate, it remains an attraction and is frequently photographed by visitors to the town. There is a tale that the building is haunted by the ghost of a grey lady who has been seen to flit through the rooms on moonlit nights. Speculation that it is the ghost of Lady Catherine who was reluctant to leave this home she loved so much.

Tags: Photo journalism Building General House History Drama Ghosts Bourne Film location

Voters: Lillian, rontear, EAS and 4 more


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Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 7:49AM
Like the composition here Gordon, showing the old and the New together
well shot
Lillian

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rontear Plus
16 19 8 England
14 Sep 2011 8:19AM
Historical beauty Gordon, juxtposition with todays homes in the b/g.
Ron.
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
14 Sep 2011 10:00AM
A wonderful looking ancient building. REally enjoyed the write-up too.

Ann

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