Nevill Holt

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Nevill Holt Hall
The hall, church and stable block

Nevill Holt is a hamlet and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. It is situated at grid reference SP816937 about 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Market Harborough5 miles (8 km) northwest of Corby and lies close to the borders with Northamptonshire and Rutland. It lies on the north side of the Welland valley. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 28.[citation needed]

Nevill Holt Hall[edit]

Nevill Holt Hall is a Grade I listed building, dating back to before 1300.[1] The Cunard shipping family owned the estate from 1876 to 1912 and Nancy Cunard (1896–1965), writer, publisher and society hostess, was born here.[citation needed] In 1919 the hall became a preparatory school, initially linked with Uppingham School[citation needed]. Run by the Phillips family from 1928, the school was an IAPS boarding school.[citation needed] In 1998 the school closed due to falling rolls.[citation needed]

In 2000, the Hall was bought and restored by Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross who had visited the prep school which a friend of his at Uppingham School had attended.[2] Ross has built a theatre to seat 350 within the 17th century stable courtyard which had formerly housed a science laboratory, indoor swimming pool and classrooms.[citation needed] In the summer, Nevill Holt hosts the Nevill Holt Opera, a festival showcasing some of the youngest and brightest British talent.[citation needed]

Coordinates: 52°32′06″N 0°47′54″W / 52.53506°N 0.79842°W / 52.53506; -0.79842

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