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Mr Salisbury is making a Model of Camp Hill Hall

Friend of Camp Hill News, Steven Salisbury, has got his model making tools out again. This time he has Camp Hill Hall firmly in his sights.

For those of you that don’t know, Camp Hill Hall was an Elizabethan style mansion that stood roughly at the end of the cul de sac on Hornbeam Close, behind where St Mary and St John church stands today.  Unfortunately for present residents of Camp Hill the mansion no longer stands.

The Hall was built, on a site of a former Georgian building, in 1838 by John Craddock of Craddock Drive fame.  The architest was Thomas Larkins Walker, pupil of the famous Victorian architect Pugin.  John lived there until 1870 when it was bought by Richard Ramsden, who later sold the Hall to Henry Stubbs, Justice of the Peace and founder of the Hippodrome in Nuneaton.  You can certainly see where the nearby streets and park get their names from.

The Hall had a long drive which went from the Hall down past Stubbs Pool, which was the halls garden pond, and finished where Camp Hill Road is today.  Where Camp Hill drive meets Camp Hill Road we can still see the old gatehouse on the corner (pictured) which is today a domestic residence.

In 1912 the grounds and surrounding areas were bought from Henry Stubbs by the Brorough Council for council housing.  Henry passed away in 1916 and his wife later on in 1926.  After Lady Stubbs death the entire contents of the hall were sold in a public auction.  The Hall was later demolished and the extensive gardens and wooded grounds became the Camp Hill housing estate.

Sadly we can no longer see the grandeur of the Hall but we will soon be able to see what it looked like in 3 dimensions thanks to Mr Salisbury’s new model.

The model measures 14.5″ across the front, 17″ along the back, 13″ down each side and the height to the top of the gables is 9.5″.

The base construction is plasterboard (picture) which will be covered with bricks made from cork.  Each brick is made using a craft knife and a steel ruler with the dimentions 3/6″ long and 2/6″ deep.  The walls will be made up brick by brick using a line of pva glue to stick them together. The cork makes great bricks as they are a lovely mixture of a red, brown and beige colour.

The windows will be painted onto the walls using matt black paint to create the impression of a dark interior.  Frames will be made to fit the windows and backed with plastic to create the impression of glass.  Mr Salisbury is currently experimenting to discover which material would be best for the frames, the current favourite being balsa wood .  Material will be stuck to the plastic to create curtains.

Of course, building a model that no longer exists creates problems, for example, Mr Salisbury has no information on what the back of the building was like or why the back wing sticks out one side and not the other.

Do or someone you know remember Camp Hill Hall, or do you have pictures of it?  If you can help please get in touch with us as your information may be valuable to Mr Salisbury and help him make a more accurate model.  If you have any information please send an email to community.office@prideincamphill.co.uk and we will pass your message on.

Remember to watch this space, we will keep you updated with Mr Salisbury’s progress.