Above: Forestry England’s 3D model solved the mystery of the extra arch.

I’m managing to create quite a collection of old photos and documents for the new augmented reality app on Errwood Hall. They’re all helping to work out the room layout (see previous post) for the app-developers.

A typical example is the inset photo above which I think was taken in the late 1950s. At first I thought it showed the arches that survive today. But a quick count reveals there’s one too many – four instead of three. Forestry England’s 3D model helped solve the mystery.

Above: Click on the expand button at bottom right to view the 3D model of Errwood Hall in full screen. And then rotate the image to see it in different angles.

Recently discovered images

The slideshow below includes some of the recently discovered images. I’ll add to the gallery as the collection expands. To view, simply click on any photo and use the arrows to scroll through.

Above: Click to enlarge this plan of the ruins which shows the courtyard.

Internal courtyard?

One of the biggest questions is whether there was an internal courtyard in the heart of the building. It seems a waste of space and we haven’t managed to find any contemporary sources describing the feature. But a recently-discovered photo taken from the other side of the valley (below: click to enlarge) seems to confirm there was such an open area.

Above: This detailed OS map from the early 1900s doesn’t show an open courtyard (click to enlarge). So perhaps James is right.

The case against a courtyard…

James is convinced that there wasn’t an open courtyard in the centre of the hall (see comment below). He thinks it would show on the highly accurate OS maps of the time. And it’s difficult to argue with that.

He also found the photo above on Stockport Council’s Image Library (click to enlarge) and believes it shows there wasn’t an open space. I’m not sure I agree with him, but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

The case for a courtyard…

Paul Taylor has discovered an aerial photo of Bedgebury Hall (below) which was one of Alexander Beresford Hope’s houses, and designed by Alexander Roos, the architect of Errwood Hall. This has an interior courtyard (circled), and although not proof that one existed at Errwood, shows that it was entirely possible.

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