Rangemore Hall, Staffordshire
|Rangemore House: the house built for John Barton in about 1850. |
The first house on the site was a small Georgian house called Rangemore House of 1822, which was evidently replaced or incorporated within a two-storey Italianate mansion with tall dormer windows breaking through the parapet to light an attic storey, built in about 1850 for John Barton. This was described, when the lease was sold in 1853 after Barton's death, as "delightfully situated on a rising lawn in Rangemoor Park, commanding views of the immediate park scenery, comprising a fine lake of ornamental water, rich greensward aud noble oakwoods". The accommodation consisted of a spacious entrance hall, drawing room, dining-room, library, numerous principal and secondary edrooms and dressing rooms, together with the usual "domestic offices, stabling, coach houses, and granaries upon an extensive scale". The architect is unknown.
|Rangemore House: a side by side comparison of the 1st and 2nd edition 25" maps of 1881 and 1901 |
shows how much the house was enlarged by Lord Burton.
|Rangemore Hall: a detail of the elevation demonstrates the cavalier juxtaposition of irregular elements.|
|Rangemore Hall: the drawing room and dining room of one of the apartments into which the house has been divided.|
|Rangemore Hall: the principal staircase is an example of the excellent Edwardian craftsmanship.|
Byrkley Lodge, Rangemore, Staffordshire.
|Byrkley Lodge: detail of a watercolour by John Spyers of 1786, showing the house designed by William Wyatt for Lord Townshend.|
Image: British Library Maps K.Top.38.49.a
|Byrkley Lodge: entrance front as rebuilt by R.W. Edis for Hamar Bass, 1887-91. Image: Historic England/Knight Frank & Rutley BB83/4292|
|Byrkley Lodge: the central hall in the early 20th century. Image: Historic England/Knight Frank & Rutley BB83/4297|
|Byrkley Lodge: the library in the early 20th century. Image: Historic England/Knight Frank & Rutley BB83/4298|
Glenquoich Lodge, InvernesshireIn 1838 Edward Ellice MP bought the western half of the McDonnell estate from the impoverished lairds of the clan, who had already 'cleared' their tenantry from the estate through programmes of assisted, and later forced, emigration to Canada. Ellice (d. 1863), who was a 53-year old widower, was deeply influenced by the Romantic enthusiasm for Scotland, encouraged by Sir Walter Scott and later by Queen Victoria, and perhaps by his own early experiences in Canada. He built a modest shooting lodge in this wild and remote corner of the Highlands, on the shores of Loch Quoich.
|Glenquoich House: two watercolours of the original shooting lodge, showing the simple exterior and spartan interior in the 1840s, |
from Janie Ellice's album of sketches.
|Glenquoich Lodge: the house as enlarged and remodelled by Alexander Ross c.1900.|
Bass family of Rangemore, baronets and Barons Burton
|Michael Thomas Bass (1760-1827) |
|Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884)|
Image: Parliamentary Archives.
|Sir Michael Arthur Bass (1837-1909),|
1st Baron Burton. Image: NPG.
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Coat of arms
Can you help?
- Can anyone provide additional or clearer images of the mid 19th century Rangemore House, or a view of its predecessor of 1822?
- Does anyone know what happened to William Bass (b. 1763) after he sold his partnership in the brewery to his brother; or any more about the history of Mary Arden Bass (1846-89) and why she was treated so differently from her siblings in her father's will?
- I should be most grateful if anyone can provide photographs or portraits of people whose names appear in bold above, and who are not already illustrated.
- Any additions or corrections to the account given above will be gratefully received and incorporated. I am always particularly pleased to hear from members of the family who can supply recent personal information for inclusion.