THE HISTORY OF NOCTON HALL
Nocton Hall is one of the most remarkable buildings I have ever had the pleasure to look around and investigate. It is rich in history, and the surroundings lend its hands to some superb scenery and a peacefulness most of us can only dream of.
Nocton Hall is a Grade 2 listed building, in the Village of Nocton, Lincolnshire. It has been left to ruin now and has been heavily secured. The building fell victim to a terrible fire on the 24th October 2004.. which, unbelievably was not Nocton Hall’s only fire through its long and interesting history.
So, let us delve into this remarkable buildings real History through the centuries, and let us also remember what it is about Nocton’s past that will echo on for decades more.
Nocton hall resides upon the land that was home to both Nocton Priory which was built in the 12th Century, and also Nocton Manor, a 16th Century Manor house which was the property of Thomas Wimbishe, and also the residency of the Towneley family.
In the latter 17th Century the Manor house was reconstructed by Sir William Ellis, it was extended and then became known as Nocton Old Hall.
In 1834 Nocton Old Hall was engulfed by a fire, which then led on to the construction of Nocton hall as it stands today by The Earl of Rippon.
There is a plaque in Latin on the northern elevation, which details the original house being built in 1530 under the reign of King Henry VIII.
It is a knowledge that King Henry VIII and his fifth Wife Catherine Howard were visitors to Nocton Manor in 1541 during the Kings Northern progress. It is also mentioned that Catherine Howard planted the Great Chestnut Tree there on October 13th, 1591, which also still stands commanding within the grounds to this day.
Other residents of Nocton Old Hall have included Frederick and Sarah Robinson, the 1st Earl and Countess of Rippon, George and Henrietta Robinson, the 1st Marquess and Marchioness of Rippon,
George and John Hodgson and William and James Dennis.
In 1939, WW2 broke out and Air ministry took over the Hall and the Grounds. This is when the Beautiful Nocton hall became the property of the British Army. Nocton Hall was used as the Officers Mess during this time, and the 740-bed hospital was built and then opened in 1947 within the grounds, (a stone's throw away) until its closure in 1983.
Raf Nocton Hospital was a 740-bed building designated to a large number of Raf bases and military personnel within the area.
It also served as a normal hospital after the war in the ’60s and had a maternity wing and neuro-psychiatric unit.
Since its closure in 1983, it was left abandoned and bought privately.
It has been home to much vandalism through the years and unfortunately, in 2004, a huge fire, Nocton Halls 2nd, and deadliest fire was to finish her off.
The building still stands proud, damaged and derelict, and is protected by secured fencing around the exterior.
THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF NOCTON HALL
It has been reported on several occasions, before the final fire, the ghost of a crying and sobbing girl has been heard and seen walking the hallways of the building.
Several accounts also suggest she was particularly drawn to haunting one bedroom within the building.
There have been many detailed accounts of workers staying in this particular bedroom to be awoken at exactly 4.30am and faced with a 'sobbing girl', speaking incoherently and describing a ‘DEVILISH MAN’ had done this to her.
It is widely rumored that this was the Ghost of a young servant girl, who was brutally murdered by the owner’s son whilst she resided there. The son had forced himself upon her, and after learning she had become pregnant, she was swiftly dealt with and disposed of.
We also all know that most buildings harbor an ’APPARENT’ Grey Lady, and right on cue, Nocton Hall delivers this tale, though no evidence has really come to light on this.
It is also suggested that the grounds hold many souls from the war and the hospital victims, something to take note of if you ever wish to wander around the grounds on a quiet and eerie evening.
Visiting this remarkable place 3 times has certainly given off different senses and different feelings. It has so many levels to it, through Era changes, and the grounds itself commands a respect that dominates you in a way…
The main building is totally abandoned and ruined, with big trees growing through the middle of it, it is hugely overgrown, but you can still see the remarkable Architecture and Gothica this building oozed in its former glory.
The woodland amongst the main Hall is eerie even in the daytime, and somehow almost whispers so many secrets to the past of this glorious place.
In no way is it a scary feeling, it is mystical and almost calming and hypnotic, to say the least.
When entering the main 740-bed hospital, you see a small building from the outside, yet when you are inside the building, the corridors seem to go on for miles and miles, with branches off in every direction, offering even more corridors to lose yourself in. It is truly overwhelming how big the Hospital actually is.
The rooms and corridors are in a dilapidated state, and there is overgrowth within and amongst the rooms. Floorings have been taken up and the usual decay is present throughout.
Underneath the main building, there are openings and tunnels that lead you on to explore below the building. Obviously, there is no natural light under there, and most rooms are damp with rotting furniture and old cupboards, heavily vandalized in the past, the area is expansive and also intriguingly haunting as you will see within the pictures.
All in all, Nocton is a beautiful little village, and within it, harbors such wonderful and neglected history. There is a lovely Church in the village also.
The village is generally pretty sleepy and quaint and does not welcome the vandalization that this wondrous building has been subjected to.
This is most certainly one of my favorite explores to date and would urge anyone to pay The Great Nocton Hall a visit if you are ever in or around Lincolnshire.