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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.

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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

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Somewhat of an archaic term, 'Biggin'. There won't be many people now, using it in everyday conversation. This old term would have still been popular and in use probably right up to W.W.1 and perhaps a little beyond. The term just meant, 'a building', obviously derived from the word, 'big / bigg' which meant, 'to build'. Further, it is interesting to find that this same interpretation connects with the Old Scottish Language, via Old Norse words such as 'Byggia'. The expression was commonplace all over the country; especially in the North of England and Scotland. Even the famous name,'Biggin Hill', is mentioned in documents as far back as 1499, and seemingly meant:- 'Dwelling by/on the hill' - - - 'Hill by the farm'. There were of course, other meanings for the word, but they seem to have originated in the 'Norman World'.

Date:
21-Oct-2015

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Catherine Loftus

Comment:
This impressive building has survive the ravages of time, is located in the grounds of Bramham Park. Sadly the building looks to have been neglected and unloved for many years, but looks intact on the outside anyway. I wonder who was the last family to live there.

Date:
29-Jun-2016

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kateloftus7@yahoo.com

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