Brocksford Hall

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Brocksford Hall
Brocksford Hall.jpg
Brocksford Hall in 1893
Location Doveridge, Derbyshire, England
Coordinates 52°53′55″N 1°48′26″W / 52.8986°N 1.8073°W / 52.8986; -1.8073Coordinates: 52°53′55″N 1°48′26″W / 52.8986°N 1.8073°W / 52.8986; -1.8073
Built 1893
Built for Charles William Jervis Smith
Architect Douglas and Fordham
Architectural style(s) Jacobethan
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 19 November 1985
Reference no. 414999
Brocksford Hall is located in Derbyshire
Brocksford Hall
Location in Derbyshire

Brocksford Hall is a country house about one mile (1.6 km) east of Doveridge village, in the south west corner of Derbyshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


The house was built in 1893 for Charles William Jervis Smith and designed by the Chester architectural practice of Douglas and Fordham.[1] From 1942-94 it was used as an independent preparatory boarding school.[1][2] The headmaster of Birkdale School, Mr John Gibson Roberts, moved Birkdale pupils evacuated to Derbyshire during the Second World War into Brocksford Hall after the war. Birkdale continued at Oakbrook under another headmaster.[3] Magfern Estates purchased the hall and 35 acres (140,000 m2) of the estate in 1994. The hall and original outbuildings were converted into private apartments and houses. The later additional outbuildings for the school were demolished.[4]


The house was built in Jacobethan style and constructed in Ruabon red brick with much blue brick diapering and Hollington stone dressings.[1] It was the last house designed by Douglas on such a large scale.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Brocksford Hall and attached Stable Block, Doveridge (1237732)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 July 2013 
  2. ^ Brocksford Hall School, Brocksford Hall School, retrieved 30 November 2009 
  3. ^ Birkdale School, Birkdale School, retrieved 22 December 2009 
  4. ^ Residential Developments, Magfern Estates, retrieved 23 December 2009 
  5. ^ Hubbard, Edward (1991). The Work of John Douglas. London: The Victorian Society. pp. 155–156. ISBN 0-901657-16-6.