Built / Designed For: Annesley family
House & Family History: Annesley was built as an aisled hall for the Annesley family in the mid-13th century. In the 16th century Annesley passed to the Chaworth family, who altered and extended the House in the 17th and 19th centuries. Legend has it that Robin Hood visited Annesley (Sherwood Forrest is quite close by). Lord Byron fell in love with the daughter of the house, Mary Chaworth-Munster, and wrote about his feelings for her in "The Dream, Hills of Annesley" and "Epistle for a Friend." Annesley was later converted into an old people's home, but has been unoccupied since 1977. The House has been owned by a builder since the 1980s; it was devastated by a fire on September 4, 1997.
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat of: Annesley family, 13th century. Chaworth (Chaworth-Munster) family, 16th century until 1972.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No