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120806-06. © NRT, 2006
Claughton Hall, near Lancaster, UK, 12 August, 2006

The Hall was built in the 13th century, but over a kilometre away at the edge of the Lune Valley's floodplain. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the entire Hall was disassembled stone-by-stone and rebuilt further up the hill, presumably to escape the Lancaster-Leeds railway and main road. Only a farm cottage was left on the original site.
The main block of the hall (see the next image for a closer look) looks Elizabethan to me, maybe older, but I presume the lower wings are much newer, probably 20th Century.
I understand the Hall is currently occupied by a prominent businessman, flamboyant in the 1980s/90s (I remember him appearing in his company's TV adverts) but who has avoided public attention since a scandal and prison term some years ago. I won't name names, as he deserves privacy; I want to stress that I took these photographs because of the building, not the occupant.

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