DiCamillo Companion
England

Hopwood Hall

  • Earlier Houses: There was probably at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: In 2022, the Michigan-born actor, screenwriter, and producer Hopwood DePree published "Downton Shabby: One American's Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Family's English Castle." The book tells the story of the American's attempt to save Hopwood Hall after the house was abandoned in 1988. The family decamped in 1923; during World War II Hopwood Hall was purchased by Lancashire Cotton Corporation, who remained here until 1946, when the house was sold to the De La Salle Brothers, an order of monks who operated a school for Catholic teachers here until the 1980s. The estate later came into ownership of the local authority, who continue to own it today. In 2018 Mr. DePree embarked on a £10 million campaign to restore the house and open it to the public for events, weddings, and for use as a center for the local community. In September of 1811 Lord Byron came to stay with the Gregge-Hopwood family at Hopwood; it was probably during this stay that the famous poet revised the draft for his narrative poem, "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage."

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Hopwood DePree, who has lived in a cottage on the estate since 2018.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Alain de Hopwood, 14th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Edmund Hopwood, 17th century; Edward Gregge-Hopwood, 18th century; Robert Gregge-Hopwood, 19th century; Gregge-Hopwood family here until 1923.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied

    Ownership Details: Owned by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

  • House Open to Public: No

    Email: Office@HopwoodHallEstate.co.uk

    Website: https://hopwoodxiv.com

    Historic Houses Member: No