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Right on House, an evening in june '17

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This is my first report from somewhere near my hometown and oddly enough I don’t really know this area that well (I avoid crossing the border into Warwickshire at the best of times). So when my sister said “so whats all this urbexin shinanigans then? And when are you taking me?” I felt obliged to find a suitable place. And to be honest I wasn’t sure if this was suitable. Nevertheless off i went with sister and her fella. 
 After less than 20 mins we were there and my google earth recon had paid off as we parked nearly at the old gates in a disused bus stop. After a short walk along what was once a driveway (now overgrown) it was evident that some activity had taken place recently, Trees had been cleared from half of the 13 acre site and there was a whole load of hardcore/ rubble piled up near the house. 
 But, did this face look bothered? Nope. No door and no secca so easy peasy, in we went…..
To be greeted by a stack of burnt timber and debris, shit this place has been burnt…Quite badly in places but looking up we see that the entire building now has a temporary roof of sorts, (more than it had a few years ago) indicating that someone may be about to start work on this place. It was recently sold at auction with a guide price of £150,000 including over 13 acres of land which I assume is to become a housing estate.

Anyway, heres some history then some pics…… 


""The site, which had previously formed part of the Wolford and Halle Fields, was part of an Enclosure Award of just over 24 acres which was made to the Wilcox family in 1760. This passed by inheritance to Abraham Awson, who in turn left the property to Stephen Freeman in 1798. Freeman (1774-1856) was a member of a long-established Coventry family of Unitarian tradesmen, and in 1806-7 built the present villa. The OS Surveyor's drawing (1813) shows the house set in smaller gardens than at present to the north, east and south sides, but Greenwood's Map of Warwickshire (1820) indicates that by that date the basic form of the surviving landscape had been achieved. Stephen Freeman's brother, William (1773-1849), was an amateur artist of local note (Fretton 1883), and may have been responsible for laying out the grounds at Ryton; he spent his latter years at Ryton House.

Following Stephen Freeman's death in 1856, the property was owned in turn by his nieces, Catherine (Mrs Charles Twamley d 1883) and Mary. Miss Mary Freeman died in 1895, leaving the estate to her nephew, Charles Browett. Browett, a Coventry solicitor, owned Ryton House until after the Second World War, when it became a Royal British Legion Club, in which use it continues today (1999).

""PRINCIPAL BUILDING Ryton House (listed grade II) was built for Stephen Freeman by the Coventry builder Richard Booth in 1806-7. This house was based on a design by an unknown London architect, possibly Robert Lugar (listed building description), which had been commissioned in 1801; a further plan was provided in 1804 . The original house comprised a central two-storey block with an unusual part-glazed attic storey fronted by a balustrade to the north. To east and west of the main block were single-storey wings, with bow windows facing north. The house was extended westwards at an early date to provide additional service quarters. Stephen Freeman commissioned the Coventry builder J L Ackroyd to raise the single-storey wings to full height in 1850 and a conservatory (no longer surviving) was also added to the house in the mid or late C19. With the exception of the demolition of the western extensions after 1946 and a small late C20 addition to the north facade, the exterior of Ryton House has remained substantially unchanged from the late C19

34359264334_b3f1c63732_z.jpgDSCF5084 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35162608506_64a33410c8_z.jpgDSCF5148 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35037668132_d707bde354_z.jpgDSCF5149 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

34359260594_e7364aaf64_z.jpgDSCF5087 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35162805666_d6fd1849d5_z.jpgDSCF5100 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35073440911_cdf1e14c1a_z.jpgDSCF5122 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

34394145223_907b857f90_z.jpgDSCF5126 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35072650001_e1804795be_z.jpgDSCF5147 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35162659096_ee5de2bd81_z.jpgDSCF5124 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

34358311184_eb1dc1f25f_z.jpgDSCF5131 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35073446451_eb2bd72be7_z.jpgDSCF5105 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

34358444834_3593096db6_z.jpgDSCF5108 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

34816350830_6847739c1f_z.jpgDSCF5114 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35202927825_0653495b1d_z.jpgDSCF5113 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35202930255_d462eb514d_z.jpgDSCF5111 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

34816303700_bb6c872132_z.jpgDSCF5110 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

34358519634_7280d0b2fd_z.jpgDSCF5107 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

This cedar tree is fricken enormous, at least 6ft across the trunk and twice as high as the house, the pic really doesnt do it justice

35072655191_4eb141f25a_z.jpgDSCF5144 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

35203065085_3b141cd047_z.jpgDSCF5109 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

My fave bit? without doubt. the cellars. And does my sister get what we're about now? Oh yes, she even made a cool little video of her own..

Thanks for looking guys....

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Snapt. You should make it sooner than later cos it does look like work is gonna start soon. I think all the hardcore outside is to lay down a new road surface up to the house

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