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Rushpool Hall

Rushpool Hall

 This image features on the website ”Skelton in Cleveland in History”, it was created from a colour photo taken by Bill Danby as he did not have an old one at the time to illustrate the facts. If you look to the right you can see the modern PVC conservatory. Rushpool Hall was made of ironstone and was built in 1863 to 1865, at a cost of £100,000 by the late John Bell, who with his brother Sir Lothian Bell [Bell Brothers] was one of the founders of the Cleveland Iron Industry and the first to work ironstone in Skelton. The Hall burnt down in 1904 and then restored in 1905.

Thanks to Bill Danby for use of the image and notes, also David Richardson for the update.

3 comments to Rushpool Hall

  • David Richardson

    It is made of ironstone and was built in 1863 to 1865, at a cost of £100,000 by the late John Bell, who with his brother Sir Lothian Bell [Bell Brothers] was one of the founders of the Cleveland Iron Industry and the first to work ironstone in Skelton.

    It also was Burnt Down 1904 and then restored in 1905.

  • This is a picture “taken” from my website Skelton in Cleveland in History.

    <a href ="http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bandl.danby Skelton1868_1870.html" Click here

    It was created from a colour photo taken just a few years ago by myself as I did not have an old one at the time to illustrate the facts. If you look to the right you can see the modern PVC conservatory. I think your collection of local photos is great, but people who contribute images should acknowledge other people’s hard work where possible.

  • George Sheeran

    I find it difficult to believe that this house cost £100,000 to build in the 1860s – what is the source of this figure? According to Bank of England calculations that would be about £11,500,000 today. I could just about believe that it cost something like that to build and decorate and fit out and furnish, but even in the 1860s this would take some doing. The Grand Hotel in Scarborough (built at around the same time) with over 300 rooms and an underground railway to bring in supplies cost something like £150,000 to build according to contemporary newspaper accounts.

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