The significance of the Stanford Hall Estate
North elevation of Stanford Hall
There has been a house on the site of Stanford Hall for at least 360 years. The existing red brick building is the result of 4 main periods of building work since 1771, each reflecting the differing requirements of a new family or institution. Near it are several other listed buildings and features that similarly tell of the estate’s development from a small working estate with very good sport through the family homes of 2 local industrialists to the Co-operative Union’s College. They stand in a spectacular registered parkland which was laid out in the 18th century but, like the house, reveals the many layers of its subsequent history.
The proposed DNRC will add a new chapter in Stanford Hall’s story, but it will be one that is very much in keeping with the heritage of this unique site. Some of the great military buildings in Britain such as the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and RAF Cranwell, are remarkably similar to Stanford Hall’s stone-dressed red brick classical facades. The new DNRC will combine these related architectural traditions to create an environment that is familiar to Service personnel, rooted in the tradition of the place, beautiful to behold and, above all, conducive to recovery.
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