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Riber Hall, nineteenth century engraving


"The ancient Manor of Riber, or Riber Hall, was originally the property of this family [Wolley].
It is situated on the top of Riber hill, and now converted into two dwellings, or farm houses
".
William Adam, 1840[1].


Pen and ink drawing from "The High Peak to Sherwood, The hills and dales of old Mercia", Thomas Linthwaite Tudor (1926), published London by Robert Scott. With drawings by Fred Adcock and others. This drawing was done by Tudor. He only mentions the hall briefly, describing it as a "somewhat forlorn Elizabethan mansion, now made into two dwellings" and his drawing doesn't really show the hall itself. The gate piers are topped with ball-head finials, the front stone wall is finished off with balustrades along the top and the semi-circular steps leading up to the gate are distinctive. These are Grade II listed.

Pevsner, in 1953, thought that "after the ostentatious picturesqueness of the Castle Riber Hall and Manor house are happy surprises, both of the genuine, unselfconscious picturesqueness of minor Elizabethan and early 17th century architecture in the county"[2].


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Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
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References:

[1] Footnote, "The Gem of the Peak" by W. Adam (1840) pub. London; Longman & Co., Paternoster Row. 2nd Edition - see transcript (scroll down to end of section).
[2] Pevsner, Nikolaus (1953), "The Buildings of England, Derbyshire", Penguin Books.