Fire at Bretton Hall 1927


Fire at Bretton

During the early hours of the morning of 9 November, 1927, at Bretton Hall, a fire broke out in the children’s day-nursery, situated above the library.  The children and their nurse were sleeping next door in the night-nursery.

At the time, the future Princess Royal, Mary (daughter of the reigning monarch, George V), and her husband, Viscount Lascelles, were staying at Bretton Hall as guests of Wentworth Henry Canning Beaumont, second Viscount Allendale, and his wife.

In an article about Bretton Hall in a 1938 edition of the Country Life Magazine, a section describes the rooms in the west wing, and refers to fire damage to the Wilton carpet in the library, stating:

“In 1927, when the Princess Royal was staying at Bretton, a fire broke out in this wing, but, fortunately, without doing extensive damage. The carpet, however was badly burnt, and has since been most skilfully repaired by Italian workers, who were faced with the task of patching over 3,000 holes, not a trace of which can now be detected.” 

 Click on the link below to read a transcript of a newspaper report about the fire.   Click on images for enlargements     
 Fire at Bretton Hall