Annesley Hall

Annesley Hall

Annesley is situated eight miles north-west of Nottingham, close to the Derbyshire border. Most of the area is more than 500 feet above sea level.

Annesley was spelled ‘Aneslei’ in the Domesday Book, which roughly means that a man named “An” lived in an area of cleared woodland. Recorded in the Domesday Book is also the name of the last Saxon lord of Annesley, Levinot, and the fact that the settlement was worth 40 shillings. William the Conqueror soon granted the manor of Annesley to a Norman lord named Ralph Fitz-Hubert (who also owned Kirkby-in-Ashfield). However, the Fitz-Hubert family connection with Annesley ended by 1154, when Robert Fitz-Hubert was besieged and captured at Devises Castle.

Ralph Britto de Annesley suceeded Richard, and founded Felly Priory in 1156. This was located about one and a half miles south west of the present site of Annesley Hall. Ralph Britto was the first in his family to use the surname of Annesley taken from his manor. He spelled in Annesleia or Anneslega, but later it became the familiar spelling of Annesley. Ralph died between 1156 and 1161 and was buried by the alter of Felly Priory Church.

The Annesleys of Annesley continued as Lords of the Manor until the 15th century. John Annesley Esq. and his wife Isobell had a daughter Alice, who was six years old when her father died leaving Alice the heiress. She married cir 1442 to George Chaworth, third son of Sir Thomas Chaworth, Knight of Wiverton.

The Chaworth’s eventually made the manor of Annesley their home, and continued as Lords of the Manor until the beginning of the 19th century. One of the family, William Chaworth (born 1726) died after being wounded in a duel by Lord Byron in 1765. The Chaworth line continued until 1790, when George Chaworth Esq. died leaving his only child Mary Ann as heiress to the lands. They were conveyed to John Musters, the Squire of Colwick’s son, on their marriage in 1805. The family took the name Chaworth-Musters and made Annesley their home.

John C. Musters took over the property in 1859, and made extensive changes to the land around the hall. Particularly, he took down the houses which mainly comprised Annesley village and turned the land into gardens for the Hall. This was probably about the time when new cottages were built on the Derby Road; nearer to where the new church would eventually be located.

The Hall finally passed out of the hands of the Chaworth-Musters family in 1973, when they sold the property to live at Felly Priory.

The Hall has since fallen into disrepair, and its current owners do not appear to have any interest in renovating the property.

First Broadcast: 7th December 2004

2 thoughts on “Annesley Hall”

  1. hi I’ve seen the episode where most haunted went to investigate Annesley Hall and I would like to acknowledge that i went to Annesley Hall with college doing a performing arts degree, whilst we was there I did see the young lady called Elizabeth within the gardens of Annesley Hall unless it was another entity. I also recall seeing the “poltergeist” called William,
    We went just before Most Haunted in october 2004. We stayed overnight and i can still recall everything like it only yesterday, there was so many noises that no one could explain and within the first floor i felt has something didn’t want us there, like it was trying to say none of you supposed to be here. Unfortunately we wasn’t allowed into the clock tower but the atmosphere in Annesley Hall and the Gardens was very nerving to me and my fellow class mates.

  2. could you go back to annesly hall because i havent seen the one were your there so id love you to and send the episode to me if you do it thanxx Josh Hardwick xx

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