Photographer's Note

Wycoller, a hamlet, 4 miles east of Colne in Lancashire,

Beverley, Royaldevon, has shared pictures from this location in the past.

"The village now forms part of a country park.
It is probably most famous for its Bronte connection.
Today Wycoller Hall stands in ruins, but the 16th century hall is believed to have been the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre.

The Brontes lived at Haworth, not far from Wycoller, and Charlotte would have passed through here.
Her description of Ferndean Manor when approached from the old coach road fits Wycoller Hall perfectly.

Originally owned by the Hartley family, the hall was extended in the late 18th century by its last owner, Squire Cunliffe.
A keen gambler, Cunliffe also borrowed money against Wycoller Hall to fund the building work.
He died heavily in debt in 1818.
After his death, stones from the hall were plundered to build new houses and other structures.

The hall subsequently fell into ruin."

Here you see a rather beautiful yet plain fireplace, the skilled work of the masons and builders. Note some of the other features too.

Two more variations of the theme in the w/s.

Thanks for looking.

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