Groby Old Hall

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameGroby Old Hall
Alternative NamesGrooby
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishGroby

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)

Gatehouse Comments

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.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK524075
Latitude52.6633415222168
Longitude-1.2268500328064
Eastings452400
Northings307590
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Books

  • Goodall, John, 2011, The English Castle 1066-1650 (Yale University Press) p. 410-11
  • Pevsner, N. (revised by E Williamson), 1984 (2edn), Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland (Penguin: London) p. 170-1
  • Dryden, A., 1911, Memorials of Old Leicestershire p. 103-6
  • Wall, C., 1907, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm, (ed), VCH Leicestershire Vol. 1 p. 266-7 online copy
  • Flower, J., 18225, Views of ancient buildings in the town and county of Leicester (Leicester: W.Day) online copy

Journals

  • Farnham, G.F., 1927-8, 'Charnwood Forest The Charnwood Manors' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 15 p. 196-206 (manorial history) online copy
  • 1904-5, Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 9 p. 118-9

Primary Sources

Other

  • Time Team (Mike Aston et al), 2011, March 20 (1st broadcast), 'The House of the White Queen' Time Team TV Programme (Time Team, a Videotext/Picture House production for Channel 4)
  • Wessex Archaeology, 2011, Groby Old Hall Groby, Leicestershire Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results (Wessex Archaeology 74151) online copy
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 East Midlands (London: English Heritage) p. 37 online copy
  • Finn, N., 2009, Groby Old Hall, Markfield Road, Groby: Historic Building Assessment