Wollaton Hall and Deer Park by Sally Bayford

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and is believed to have been designed by the Elizabethan architect Robert Smithson, who had by then completed Longleat but had not yet begun Hardwick Hall. By the 1880's the family felt that the house was 'too near the smoke and busy activity of a large manufacturing town' as they were only separated from it by a thin strip of countryside, so the house was let to tenants and eventually fell vacant. The hall was bought by Nottingham Council and is now a museum and park, where, if you're lucky, you might spot the deer! .