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Ranby Hall
Ranby Hall
Ranby Hall

This mansion was built for the Otter family of Clayworth, Notts, in 1868.

In 1905 it was occupied by Lt Col Rowley Richard Conway Hill and in 1919 by Lord Charles Cavendish Bentinck.

The Revd John B Haggar resided here in 1933.

Hugh D Martineau, c.1980

Ranby Hall, Otter, Rowley Richard Conway Hill, Lord Charles Cavendish Bentinck, Rev John B Haggar
Ranby Hall
Ranby Hall
Ranby Hall

View of the Hall from the south-west across the lake.

T R Leach Collection, 1969

Ranby, Hall
Ranby Hall
Ranby Hall
Ranby Hall

Ranby Hall was built in the Victorian period (1868) but in late Georgian style with pedimented front and porte-cochere.

T R Leach Collection, 1969

Ranby, Hall
Ranby Hall, Stables
Ranby Hall, Stables
Ranby Hall, Stables

The stable block - still in use - built in the same pleasing yellow-buff brick as the Hall.

The small pigeoncote or dovecote is an added feature of interest.

Pearl Wheatley, 2013

Ranby, Hall Stables, dovecote, pigeoncote
Ranby, Grange Farm Sign
Ranby, Grange Farm Sign
Ranby, Grange Farm Sign

The most attractive wrought iron sign for Ranby Grange is supported on a tall oak post with chamfered corners and an acorn finial.

Jean Howard, 2 January 2022

Ranby Grange Farm Sign
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German

St German’s consists of west tower, nave and chancel and was rebuilt by James Fowler in 1861-62 in Decorated style.

The tower arch, though, reuses part of the Norman chancel arch and the font dates from the 15th century.

The church stands alone, high in the Wolds, with fine views over the Bain valley.

July 2012

Ranby, St German, James Fowler
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German

St German’s consists of west tower, nave and chancel and was rebuilt by James Fowler in 1861-62 in Decorated style.

The tower arch, though, reuses part of the Norman chancel arch and the font dates from the 15th century.

The church stands alone, high in the Wolds, with fine views over the Bain valley.

July 2012

Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German
Ranby, St German

Although the church is constructed of limestone ashlar, the surface of the stone, particularly on the north side, is taking on a brick-red colour. This is thought to be a lichen.

Jean Howard, 2 January 2022

Ranby Saint German Church, lichen
Ranby, St German, East Window
Ranby, St German, East Window
Ranby, St German, East Window

The unusual and attractive tracery (Decorated style) of the east window includes two sprigs of vine leaves.

Jean Howard, 2 January 2022

Ranby Saint German Church Window
Ranby, St German, Grotesque
Ranby, St German, Grotesque
Ranby, St German, Grotesque

On the south-eastern corner of the tower is this unusual sculpture: a double head with tight ringlets and a broad crown over both heads.
 
NB although the Historic England description names this feature as a gargoyle this is not accurate as it does not conduct water and would more properly be termed a grotesque.
 
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063064?section=official-listing 

Jean Howard, 2 January 2022

Ranby Saint German Church Gargoyle
Ranby, St German, Label Stop
Ranby, St German, Label Stop
Ranby, St German, Label Stop

This label stop is at the end of the hood mould over the chancel's south window.

It is typical of the 'medieval' faces used by Victorian architects to embellish their Gothic designs. 

June 2018

Ranby, St Germain, label stop
Ranby, St German, Restoration Date
Ranby, St German, Restoration Date
Ranby, St German, Restoration Date

Incised into a block of stone at the east end is the date of James Fowler’s restoration.

Jean Howard, 2 January 2022

Ranby Saint German Church
Ranby, St German, Vestry
Ranby, St German, Vestry
Ranby, St German, Vestry

Part of the head of a fifteenth century window – presumably from the medieval church here - has been re-used, built into the exterior of the vestry to form blind arcading.

Jean Howard, 2 January 2022

Ranby Saint German Church
Ranby, St German, West Door
Ranby, St German, West Door
Ranby, St German, West Door

The plank west doors are furnished with some impressive blacksmith’s pieces: two pairs of eye-catching hinges, a handle on a snowflake-shaped fixing plate, and rows of metal studs.

Jean Howard, 2 January 2022

Ranby Saint German Church Door