Save historic house from demolition

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An elegant Victorian house, 54 Elloughton Road, Brough, East Yorkshire, HU15 1AE, presently lived in and immaculately maintained by its owners, is in imminent danger of demolition by national property developers McCarthy & Stone. They are proposing a 3 storey complex of 35 luxury retirement apartments in its place. A number of mature trees would also be felled, impacting on wildlife. We, the villagers, are shocked that such an architecturally appealing and historic building, which unfortunately is not listed or in a conservation area, could be lost. This iconic landmark of our village has a subtle presence and influence on the sense of place on the road linking Elloughton with Brough. We are working on many levels to ensure its preservation, including the discovery of its history, which is locally important to the village. It was built as a high class boys’ boarding school in 1867/8, and used by wealthy families from all over the area. The Italianate style of the house reflects the quality of the classical education which was being offered, at a time when only rudimentary education was available to most children. The house later became a family home to a succession of locally influential people in Brough, including Sir Arthur Atkinson who founded the Atkinson Trust, which still awards grants in the village annually. Another link is with the actor Ian Carmichael, whose uncle owned the house. We would like Historic England to recognise the heritage value of this building by listing it, and hope you can support our campaign to save this historic building for the present generation and for those who follow us, and preserve our rural sense of place in Brough.  

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