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Bramham Biggin


Bramham Biggin
Description:
December 1903. The frontage of the Biggin, a substantial house which was built on the site of the medieval Nostell Priory monks' cell. It has been the residence of several well known families: D'Arcy, Gascoigne, Fairfax and Goodricks. It was also to become the home of Charles Allanson, M.P. for Ripon. In 1842/3 the Biggin was leased to Dr. Benjamin Bentley Haigh and became Bramham College, a prestigious school for boys. It was much extended to include a large hall, a theatre, gymnasiuim and cloisters. The huge Grecian style refectory culminated in a glass dome. The life of the college was shortlived, however, when in 1869 cholera struck and Dr. Haigh and several pupils died. All the additional buildings were demolised leaving the Biggin in its original state where it reverted to a private residence. The stone was used in the rebuilding of Bramham Park in 1907. Bramham Biggin is on the opposite side of the A1 to Bramham village.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
The description tell us that this Hall was much extended in the mid-19th century, but then all the additional buildings were demolished after a cholera epidemic, leaving the original building in its original state. Could this mean that it may have survived the ravages of time, and still stands?

Date:
24-Apr-2013

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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