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Groby Old Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Grooby

In the civil parish of Groby.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK52400759
Latitude 52.66334° Longitude -1.22685°

Groby Old Hall has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.

Description

House. Late C15, altered C17, restored 1858, some C20 alterations. Red brick in English bond with some diaper work in black brick, sandstone ashlar, diminishing coursed slate roofs. Main block with attached 4 storey angle tower to left with hipped roof, Single storey with parapet and 2 storey plus garret irregular 7 bay front, 2 right hand bays with separate gables, with mutilated diaper work to left and centre. Off centre C20 garage door with to left a small glazing bar casement, 2 planked doors and matching double doors, all under timber lintels, To right a large 3 light mullioned window is flanked by single similar smaller windows. Beyond is a planked door set in a 4 centred arched and chamfered surround with hood mould having label stops. To first floor a central large 6 light mullioned and transomed window is flanked by single smaller 3 light mullioned windows. All mullioned windows have chamfered surrounds and glazing bar lights. In the left hand gable is a further 3 light mullioned window with diamond leaded lights. To the right hand gable is a blocked four centred arched window. Beyond to the left is a small leaded casement and to the angle tower in the 3 upper stages are single 4 centred arched and chamfered openings with drip moulds. Originally the home of the Grey family with associations with Lady Jane Grey. (Listed Building Report)

CastleUK web site writes this was a fortified house but the fortifications were never finished; but does not cite on what authority this is based. Succesor site to Groby Castle and the C14 grand stone house built in the castle bailey but built on a new, although nearby site.
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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