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Blankney Hall
Blankney Hall
Blankney Hall

This was one of the grandest houses in Lincolnshire but was seriously damaged by fire in 1945 and demolished in 1960.

Blankney Hall was built in the 1790s for the Chaplin family.

Additions and remodelling during the nineteenth century brought new stables and a large service wing as well as a new front and attic storey.

More details about this house and its owners can be found in T R Leach and R Pacey's book, 'Lost Lincolnshire Country Houses: Volume 1', published by SLHA.  Buy a copy. .

Blankney, Hall, Chaplin family
Blankney Hall, Gates
Blankney Hall, Gates
Blankney Hall, Gates

"Gates. Mid C19. Ashlar and iron"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1359358 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire has an entry for the 3rd Earl of Londisborough in 1919 :-

"Londesborough Earl of, Blankney hall; Londesborough park, Market Weighton, Yorks; Londesborough lodge, Scarborough; The Island, Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey & 7 Chesterfield gardens, Mayfair, London W1"

DB 2020

Blankney Hall Gates, Londesborough, Chaplin
Blankney Hall, Stable Block
Blankney Hall, Stable Block
Blankney Hall, Stable Block

A distant view of the stable block from public footpath to the south.

"Stable block. 1825 by E J Wilson for Henry Chaplin"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1205446 

DB 2020

Blankney, Hall, Stables, E J Wilson, Henry Chaplin
Blankney Hall, Walled Garden
Blankney Hall, Walled Garden
Blankney Hall, Walled Garden

View of walled garden from the south.

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-

"Blankney Hall, a large and handsome mansion, with a well-wooded lawn, is the seat of Charles Chaplin, Esq., the lord of the manor, owner of most of the soil"

"The last Chaplin, Henry, led an extravagant lifestyle and had political ambitions; this lifestyle coupled to the falling revenues from farms led him ever into debt until finally in 1892, the estate passed to the principal mortgagee William Denison, 1st Earl of Londesborough"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blankney 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Blankney Hall, a large and handsome mansion of stone, standing in a park of 200 acres, is one of the seats of the Earl of Londesborough, who is lord of the manor and the principal landowner"

DB 2020

Blankney, Hall, Walled Garden, Chaplin, Denison, Londesborough
Blankney, Brickyard Farm
Blankney, Brickyard Farm
Blankney, Brickyard Farm

Marine boiler repurposed for agricultural use. Advised locally that many such boilers were available cheaply at the end of the Second World War.

Located at Brickyard Farm (National Grid reference TF087601).

DB 2020

Blankney, Brickyard Farm, boiler
Blankney, Bridge Over Old Coach Road
Blankney, Bridge Over Old Coach Road
Blankney, Bridge Over Old Coach Road

"The Old Coach-Road was constructed from the Hall to Metheringham railway station (then called Blankney and Metheringham station) 1.2 miles (2 km) away, around the beginning of the 20th century by Lord Londesborough.

It was run through woodland both existing and newly planted and where it crossed the Blankney to Martin road, a bridge with high parapets was built to take the road over the coach-road.

It was probably constructed to allow the Earl's visitors, in particular the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII) who used the Hall as a discreet retreat for his amorous adventures, to arrive and depart without being seen by the local populace"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blankney 

(Was the Old Coach Road constructed earlier than suggested in the Wikipedia article? It is shown on the OS 25 inch map surveyed 1886 and the bridge bears the Chaplin family crest and has a date stone reading 1884)

DB 1 August 2020

Blankney, Bridge
Blankney, Bridge Over Old Coach Road
Blankney, Bridge Over Old Coach Road
Blankney, Bridge Over Old Coach Road

Chaplin Crest a griffin's head on the bridge parapet.

On the opposite parapet there is a date stone reading "1884" which would have been prior to the estate  passing to its principal mortgagee Charles Denison, 1st Earl of Londesborough in 1892"

DB 1 August 2020

Blankney, Bridge
Blankney, Crash Site Memorial
Blankney, Crash Site Memorial
Blankney, Crash Site Memorial

Tragic mid air collision between Lancaster LM130 and Hurricane PZ740 during a fighter affiliation exercise on March 11th 1945.

Located on a public footpath near Ash Holt at Grid Reference TF076596.

DB 2020

Blankney, Memorial, Lancaster LM130, Hurricane PZ740
Blankney, Crash Site Memorial
Blankney, Crash Site Memorial
Blankney, Crash Site Memorial

Tragic mid air collision between Lancaster LM130 and Hurricane PZ740 during a fighter affiliation exercise on March 11th 1945.

Located near Ash Holt at Grid Reference TF076596.

DB 2020

Blankney, Memorial, Lancaster LM130, Hurricane PZ740
Blankney, Golf Club House
Blankney, Golf Club House
Blankney, Golf Club House

"Pair of cottages, now clubhouse and cottage. c1835 by W A Nicholson"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1359360 

"Unusually, the Hall was not built within its park, the park being on the opposite side of the village's main road.

Although part of the park has been lost to arable farming much of it remains as a golf course.

The course was first laid out over 9 holes in 1902 by the 2nd Earl of Londesborough, in all probability at this stage for the use of himself and his guests, but in 1904 Blankney Golf Club was formed to manage the course which it continues to do today.

In 1938 it was decided to extend the course to 18 holes and this extended course came into play at the start of the 1940 season"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blankney 

DB 1 August 2020

Blankney, Golf Club House
Blankney, Home Farmhouse (Grangely House)
Blankney, Home Farmhouse (Grangely House)
Blankney, Home Farmhouse (Grangely House)

"Farmhouse. c1835 by W A Nicholson ... This building is part of the complete estate village erected by the Chaplin's of Blankney Hall"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1359361 

DB 17 October 2020 

Blankney, Home Farmhouse, Grangely House, W A Nicholson
Blankney, Old Coach Road To Blankney Hall
Blankney, Old Coach Road To Blankney Hall
Blankney, Old Coach Road To Blankney Hall

Inconspicuous entrance to the Old Coach Road.

Opposite Metheringham Station at National Grid Reference TF 07725 61340.

DB 17 October 2020 

Blankney, Old Coach Road, Blankney Hall
Blankney, Post Office
Blankney, Post Office
Blankney, Post Office

"Post Office and estate cottage. c1835 by W A Nicholson ...

 This building is part of the complete estate village erected for the Chaplin family of Blankney Hall"

DB 2020

Blankney, Post Office, Chaplin
Blankney, Pump
Blankney, Pump
Blankney, Pump

Water pump located next to the school.

DB 2020

Blankney, Water Pump
Blankney, RAF Metheringham
Blankney, RAF Metheringham
Blankney, RAF Metheringham

RAF Metheringham (1943-1946) was largely located in the adjoining parish of Martin but also in Blankney.

Sign located near Woods Close, Blankney Barff (Grid Reference TF111614).

DB 16 March 2020

Blankney, RAF Metheringham
Blankney, RAF Metheringham Memorial
Blankney, RAF Metheringham Memorial
Blankney, RAF Metheringham Memorial

Memorial to RAF Metheringham and 106 Squadron located Linwood Moor, Blankney (Grid Reference TF109606).

Designed and built by John Pye and dedicated 8th July 1992. 

Although named RAF Metheringham it was located largely in the adjoining parish of Martin but also in Blankney.  

DB 16 March 2020

Blankney, RAF Metheringham Memorial, 106 Squadron, Linwood Moor
Blankney, School
Blankney, School
Blankney, School

"School, now parish room. 1848 by W A Nicholson ...

This building is part of the complete estate village erected by the Chaplin family of Blankney Hall"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064286 

DB 2020

Blankney, School, W A Nicholson, Chaplin, parish room
Blankney, School
Blankney, School
Blankney, School

Date stone reading "1823". 

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-

"In the village is a National School, established 35 years ago, by the Chaplin family. The present school is a neat building in the Elizabethan style"

DB 1 August 2020

Blankney, National School, Chaplin
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald

Medieval arches survive in St. Oswald's, Blankney, much of the church is Victorian.

The tower was built between 1805 and 1807, there is a Perpendicular north chapel.

A marble monument to Lady Florence Chaplin recalls the ownership of Blankney by that family.

Mark Acton, 2008
Blankney, church, medoeval, victorian, chaplin,
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald

Pevsner states :-

"St Oswald. Largely a rebuilding of 1878-81 by R. H. Carpenter & Ingelow of an early C19 rebuilding which in turn incorporated medieval bits.

Proud w tower of 1805-7 with paired bell-openings and eight pinnacles (cf. Beckingham)" 

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church, Carpenter & Ingelow
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald

"Parish Church. C12, C13, C15 west tower rebuilt 1805-7, restored c1820 and restored 1879-81 by Carpenter and Ingelow"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064285 

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church, Carpenter and Ingelow
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-

"The Church (St. Oswald) is a neat Gothic fabric, with an embattled tower. Under a chapel at the north end of the chancel is the vault of the Chaplin family"

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The living is a rectory, net yearly value £450, including 35 acres of glebe, with residence, built in 1881, in the gift of Capt. the Hon. Eric Chaplin, and held since 1915 by the Rev. Charles Henry Sibthorp M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin"

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald
Blankney, St Oswald

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-
 

"The church of St. Oswald is a building of stone, in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and an embattled western tower with eight pinnacles and containing 5 bells:

the church was rebuilt about 1820, and restored in 1879-80, under the direction of Messrs. Carpenter and lngelow, at a cost of about £3,000, when the north aisle and chancel were lengthened, and the porch with its ancient archway, rebuilt:

the organ was presented by lady Florence Chaplin; the reredos, altar cloth and frontal, purchased at Seville by the Rev. John 0. Stephens M.A. late rector 1879-1903, are 16th century work, and were presented by him to to the church:

the east window, together with a monument with statue in white marble, executed by the late Sir J. E. Boehm bart. R.A. are  memorials to Lady Florence, daughter of Goorge, 3rd Duke of Sutherland K.G. and wife of Viscount H. Chaplin; she died October 10, 1881; the lych-gate, erected from a design by G. F. Bodley esq. A.R.A., F.S.A. was. presented by the late William Ellice (d. 1892), and Lady Jane Ellice, his wife:

there are 300 sittings"

DB 28 January 2019

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church
Blankney, St Oswald, Churchyard, 4th Earl Londesborough
Blankney, St Oswald, Churchyard, 4th Earl Londesborough
Blankney, St Oswald, Churchyard, 4th Earl Londesborough

"IN LOVE REMEMBER THE RT. HON. HUGO WILLIAM CECIL DENISON FORTH EARL OF LONDESBOROUGH NOVEMBER 13, 1894 - APRIL 17, 1937"

The earldom became extinct on the death of the fourth Earl.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Londesborough  

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Churchyard, Hugo William Cecil Denison, 4th Earl of Londesborough
Blankney, St Oswald, Churchyard, Florence Chaplin
Blankney, St Oswald, Churchyard, Florence Chaplin
Blankney, St Oswald, Churchyard, Florence Chaplin

"TO THE MEMORY OF FLORENCE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE 3RD DUKE OF SUTHERLAND WHO WAS BORN APRIL 18TH 1855 MARRIED IN NOVEMBER 1876 TO HENRY CHAPLIN OF BLANKNEY AND DIED AT BLANKNEY AFTER 2 DAYS ILLNESS ON THE 10TH OCTOBER 1881 ..."

Not visible in the image are railings and an ornamental gateway around the grave. 

DB 28 January 2019

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Churchyard, CHAPLIN
Blankney, St Oswald, Lychgate
Blankney, St Oswald, Lychgate
Blankney, St Oswald, Lychgate

"Lychgate. 1883 by G F Bodley ...

'ERECTED IN MEMORY OF FLORENCE CHAPLIN, 1883'"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1205442 

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church, Lychgate, G F Bodley, FLORENCE CHAPLIN
Blankney, St Oswald, Porch
Blankney, St Oswald, Porch
Blankney, St Oswald, Porch

"The gabled south porch has diagonal buttresses, a coped gable and cross finial.

The outer archway, has a shallow arched opening with shafts and a moulded chamfered arch"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064285 

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church, porch
Blankney, St Oswald, Tower
Blankney, St Oswald, Tower
Blankney, St Oswald, Tower

Chaplin family crest, a Griffin's head, on the west face of the tower.

"West tower rebuilt 1805-7, restored c1820 and restored 1879-81 by Carpenter and Ingelow"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064285 

DB 2020

Blankney, Saint Oswald, Church, Griffin, Chaplin
Blankney, street scene
Blankney, street scene
Blankney, street scene
Post card, c.1912
Blankney,
Blankney, The Lodge
Blankney, The Lodge
Blankney, The Lodge

"Lodge Cottage. c1835 by W A Nicholson, in a Neo-Jacobean style ...

This building is part of the complete estate village erected by the Chaplin family of Blankney Hall"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1064288 

DB 2020 

Blankney Hall Lodge, W A Nicholson