American Viscountess: Pitchford Hall
This time on American Viscountess, Julie visits a hidden gem of a country house in Shropshire, close to the border with Wales. Pitchford Hall is considered England’s finest Elizabethan half-timbered house.
The recent history of the Hall is a turbulent one – in 1992 it was sold and lost to the family who lived here. But by extraordinary determination and endeavour over 25 years they have returned to Pitchford. With her husband James, Rowena Colthurst, whose mother inherited Pitchford in the early 1970s, has worked tirelessly to get the family home back – but now, they’re faced with the enormous task of recovering the building from years of neglect.
When Pitchford Hall was sold the contents of the family home were put up for auction. It was heartbreaking to witness – but now, with the family back at the Hall – they are focussing on a worldwide hunt for the treasures of the collection. In this episode, Julie also hears about the search and meets Violet Roberts, who has kept the spirit of Pitchford alive for over 30 years.
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