The history of Kelham Hall & Country Park

A rich history as the ancestral home of the Manners-Sutton family, along with its use as a theological college for an Anglican Order of Monks, and the distinct design features of renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott make Kelham Hall a fascinating place to discover.

The present Kelham Hall is the third building to have stood on the site with two former halls having been damaged significantly by fire (one in the early eighteenth century and a second in 1857). All three halls were built for the Manners Sutton family, whose links with Kelham and Averham date back to the 12th century.

Between 1903 and 1974 Kelham Hall was used as a training college by the Society of the Sacred Mission in preparation for missionary work. The hall and grounds however were requisitioned by the army during the two world wars although these were the only interruptions. The most significant legacy left by the monks is the incredible domed chapel, which today is a year-round venue for weddings and events and an exquisite addition to the property. There are other traces of the monks’ presence visible today, including their graveyard at St. Wilfred’s church on the estate.

For those interested in architecture, Kelham Hall provides a wealth of material, including a striking similarity in parts of the building to the St. Pancras hotel, London – both master works of Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline Pre 1066 Although no records of a building on this land
existed before 1646 there was most likely early Saxon farms.
Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 1066 The Foljanbes Family travelled to Great Britain with William.
The Conqueror and were given the land at Kelham & Averham,
it isn't known whether they established a manor house at Kelham
but it was certainly used for farming.
Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 1646 Following Charles I's surrender to the Scottish during the Civil War in 1646,
he was taken to and held at Kelham Hall. Hence the Kings Walk
name on our path way where he would pace back and forth.
At this point in time the hall would have looked very different from what you see today.
Although no plans exist it would have been a Tudor style manor house.

The Scots laid seige to Newark with over 16,000 men and after almost a year Newark
surrendered. Following this Charles was taken to London and subsequently executed for treason.
Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 1728 The Duchess of Rutland commissioned the Architect Sanderson to build a new Kelham Hall.
This burnt down in 1837.
Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 1861 Commissioned by the Manners Sutton Family, world renowned architect George Gilbert Scott
designed Kelham Hall, it was one of his personal favourites and many of the features were
also used in his masterpiece at St. Pancras Station & Hotel in London.
Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 1900 Following bankruptcy of the the Manners Sutton Family,
Kelham Hall was first sold to the Home Grown Sugar Beet Company,
who used the farm land adjacent.
Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 1903 Kelham Hall was purchased by the Monks of the Sacred Mission and used as a
training centre. From here students would be sent across the world as missionaries,
destinations included Australia, Africa, Korea and Japan.
Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 1974 Kelham Hall was purchased by Newark and Sherwood District council. Kelham Hall & Country Park Timeline 2015 Kelham Hall changed hands again in 2014 to Kelham Hall Ltd, who plan to turn
the site into a tourist attraction, spa and luxury hotel.
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