A country house reshaped in every century since its inception in 1500.
Brackenfield, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6AP
Ogston Hall is a classic case of organic growth in the English country house over several centuries. Outwardly Victorian, the 19th century envelope conceals four different periods of architecture all of which contribute to the fascinating, slightly eccentric character of this house.
Originally a modest late medieval/Tudor manor, it was extended in the 17th century and then in the later 18th century by Pickford of Derby, when a substantial Georgian house was built on the South East front. Again, remodelled between 1850 -1864 by T. C. Hine of Nottingham, Ogston reached its apogee as a full-blown Victorian mansion in Elizabethan-Jacobean style.
The house has been home to the Revels, Turbutts and, since 1973, the Wakefield family who have extensively restored it. Ogston was described by Henry Thorold in his Shell Guide to Derbyshire (1972) as a ‘romantic and fascinating house’ and its position by the reservoir made it look like a ‘lakeside fairy castle.’