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photoblog image A Stoke Rochford Weekend 2/5

A Stoke Rochford Weekend 2/5

(Following on from yesterday) Christopher Turnor made Stoke Rochford his main residence, but his son Edmund Turner (1838-1903) favoured their Panton house in north Lincolnshire. Stoke Rochford was for a time occupied by tenants. Edmund Turnor’s nephew and heir, Christopher Turnor (1873-1940) lived mainly at Stoke and was the last of his family to live in the house. During the war the house was taken over by the war department, and for 18 months it housed the headquarters of the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. Here, on the Library floor, the plans were laid which led to the ill-fated Arnhem ‘drop’ of 1944. After the war, the house became a training college for teachers, the Kesteven County Council taking over in 1948. The college closed at the end of September 1978, and the National Union of Teachers opened its National Education and Conference Centre on 1st.October 1978. Still owned by the NUT, Stoke Rochford Hall today is a magnificent hotel and conference centre, open for all to enjoy.

 

A Stoke Rochford Weekend 2/5

(Following on from yesterday) Christopher Turnor made Stoke Rochford his main residence, but his son Edmund Turner (1838-1903) favoured their Panton house in north Lincolnshire. Stoke Rochford was for a time occupied by tenants. Edmund Turnor’s nephew and heir, Christopher Turnor (1873-1940) lived mainly at Stoke and was the last of his family to live in the house. During the war the house was taken over by the war department, and for 18 months it housed the headquarters of the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. Here, on the Library floor, the plans were laid which led to the ill-fated Arnhem ‘drop’ of 1944. After the war, the house became a training college for teachers, the Kesteven County Council taking over in 1948. The college closed at the end of September 1978, and the National Union of Teachers opened its National Education and Conference Centre on 1st.October 1978. Still owned by the NUT, Stoke Rochford Hall today is a magnificent hotel and conference centre, open for all to enjoy.

 

comments (14)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Nov 2016, 00:25
C'est vraiment un très beau bâtiment. J'aime les cheminées qui sont très originales.
Brian Walbey: It is just as nice inside as well.
I like the graduated lawn... it just beckons me to roll down that hill!
Brian Walbey: There were weddings on both days we were there and I recall after the ceremony of one of them the page boy and young bridesmaids were having a lovely time rolling down that slope.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Nov 2016, 06:42
A charming and quite grand place Brian. Lucky NUT members!
Brian Walbey: It is a fine place Chris, I wonder if Lord Trim ever ventured here, it doesn't exactly fit in with the NUT's general attitudes does it.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Nov 2016, 08:47
Interesting detail about the paras, but I must say thee building looks very austere.
Brian Walbey: It's not what one would call a 'soft' building to look at, but it certainly has a history.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Nov 2016, 09:15
Plenty of lawn for practicing the croquet, or relaxing with one's best gal, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I relaxed with my best gal but on a seat not the lawn, not sure if we'd ever get up again these days even we managed to get down in the first place smile
Beautifully proportioned house Brian, I love those chimneys.
Brian Walbey: The chimney's are the highlight for me.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Nov 2016, 09:24
It has a fascinating history, especially to learn of the planning for the Arnhem drop. My mother was a NUT; something I used to pull her leg about.
Brian Walbey: No doubt many of our old country houses were used for some things in the war planning. I do hope you men your Mum was a member of NUT not what your comment suggests smile
i like the proportions of this place, Brian. and a well maintained lawn too.
Brian Walbey: It matches from side to side rather than comprising all odd bits added on.
A fine building and a chimney sweep's delight once upon a time
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely building Martin, no doubt a chimney sweep would have loved to have had the contract for this hotel.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Nov 2016, 15:25
What a lovely place to spend your anniversary weekend Brian.
Brian Walbey: We really enjoyed ourselves Anne.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Nov 2016, 15:32
It has has quite a history in the 20th Century alone, Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it does Lisl.
It is a very handsome front Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is handsome Bill except this is the back smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Nov 2016, 19:05
Fine that this grandious building is now used as hotel and conference centre - what a beautiful place to inspire good thoughts and do well to sould and body.
If I were an English teacher, probably I would be a member of NUT. I understand Alan's funny comment.
Brian Walbey: It is a very fine building but I find it strange that an organisation like a trades union, who presumably abhor capitalism, (the NUT is very left wing) would want to be involved with a profit making activity.
Might be worth popping down for the weekend!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Tom although we were fortunate enough to pick up a good weekend deal off the internet.

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