Croxton country house ruins

The ruins make quite a dramatic sight. Click the side arrows to view more photos.

The ruins above Croxton Park. (Click for more images.)

The ruins of this once-grand Georgian house, standing forlornly in a field overlooking Croxton Park, are very intriguing. Today the house is in a very dangerous state, and securely fenced off. But in its day, it must have been a very imposing residence.

I know very little about its history, but have been told that it was built by one of the Dukes of Rutland for his mistress. And that when the Duchess found out, she had it burned down within a very short time! It sounds a doubtful tale – there certainly doesn’t seem to be any sign of fire damage. But the aristocracy in those days were a law unto themselves, so maybe there’s some truth in it.

I was also told that the architect was very renowned, meaning that it would be classed as a Grade 1 listed building. And therefore any repairs would have to restore it to its original condition. But since this would be prohibitively expensive – many millions – it’s highly likely that the house will be left to slowly disintergrate.

A sad end to a once-grand property.

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  1. Ah well – it sounded a good story, but it seems the truth about why the house now lies in ruins is a little bit more boring than a spurned Duchess. I’m told the house was a hunting lodge.

    And I’ve even spoken to someone who remembers going into it before the second world war. He says it was full of very large paintings, as well as typical horse tack. At that time the land was farmed by a Captain Kyle, and when the lodge became unused soon after the war, he removed the lead from the roof. Which is why it’s in the state it is today.

    I have seen a drawing of the lodge in its prime, which I’ll post here as soon as it’s scanned.

  2. Here’s the illustration dated 1737 of the house in its prime:

  3. Captain Kyle!!

    Blimey that takes me back.
    When I was a little kid ( nearly 50 years ago!) Old Mr Talbot who lived at the farm on Bescaby lane opposite my Grandmother used to tell stories about this bloke!

    Evidently ;-)) he was a german spy and used to drive up & down Bescaby lane at night with this headlights full on ( no blackout hoods) directing the german bombers toward Grantham & the amminition factories (Marcos ?)

  4. There’s a photograph of the Talbots here: And one of them is captioned as ‘the German. Presumably the same bloke you reckon was directing the German bombers!

  5. David,

    You misunderstand a bit ( my fault maybe). Harold Talbot (I had forgotten his Christian name) told me Captain Kyle was the german spy! When I was small the Talbots were like uncle & aunt to me.

    I presume John is still around. I can’t be sure, but I think the unknown girl in the photograph is my Aunt Bridget who lived over the road from the Talbots.

  6. Sorry to jump to conclusions, Jim. Captain Kyle does sound like a German spy! I don’t know about directing German bombers, but he certainly made a mess of Croxton Park House by removing the lead from the roof.

  7. How do I get to this place? I’d love to get some photos like the ones you’ve taken. Fantastic ruins!

  8. The best way is to park at the end of Bescaby Lane, walk down to the end of the farm track, turn left through a gate, and you’ll see the ruins on your right at the end of the footpath. You’ll also see the abbey fish ponds straight ahead. There’s no footpath to the ruins. They stand in a private field which has special scientific interest because of the abbey foundations. Croxton Park is also private property, and visitors aren’t encouraged.

    There’s an OS map here which shows the various points of interest. The Bescaby Lane footpath is bottom right. The path to view the ruins runs left from the crossing.

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