Crumbling Annesley Hall mourned

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IT WOULD cost £20 million to restore the crumbling Annesley Hall, said Michelle Gent in a talk during a ‘Book Day’ held at Hucknall’s John Godber Centre as part of the Byron Festival.

Michelle, a Liberal Democrat member for Sutton Central ward on Notts County Council, is also a writer. In one of her books, she made the terrace of Annesley Hall the setting of an imaginary battle.

She is currently producing a film with a paranormal theme, shot partly at the hall. The title is ‘Exorcist Chronicles’.

“I went to Annesley Hall early one morning when the mist was rolling over the adjoining fields,” said Michelle.

“I fell in love with the place, not least because of its links with Lord Byron and the poet’s boyhood love for Mary Chaworth, who lived there.

“I am very saddened that the hall seems to be falling to bits. It seems as if the building is being held together by girders and a bit of concrete.”

Another speaker at the ‘Book Day’ was Hucknall local historian Maureen Newton, whose subject was ‘Hucknall In Print’.

She told of books about Hucknall’s history, including John Henry Beardsmore’s ‘History Of Hucknall Torkard’ and Eric Horriben’s ‘Of Lowly Birth And Iron Fortune’.

Maureen, who has herself written books about Hucknall’s heritage, regularly produces the ‘Hucknall Torkard Times’ magazine.

There was also a talk by Nick Thorn on ‘Noah: Or The Day The Earth Turned’, which dealt with flooding in different parts of the world over the ages.

The other speakers were Gloria Morgan on ‘Where Does It All Come From?’, referring to the inspiration for her writing, and John Baird on ‘Crime Fiction: Britain Versus America’.

n OUR PHOTOS show speakers (left) Gloria Morgan and (right) Maureen Newton — DISPICS NHUD12-1418-2 and 1.