Estate buried beneath M1

NEAABE120214c2, M1 motorway near junction 26
NEAABE120214c2, M1 motorway near junction 26

A NEW book written on English country houses features a huge estate in Nuthall that ended up buried under the M1 motorway.

Author John Martin Robinson features Nuthall Temple in his top 20 lost estates and describes it as ‘one of the half-dozen worst twentieth architectural losses among English country houses’.

Mr Robinson, who devotes a whole chapter to the property in his new book ‘Felling The Ancient Oaks’, tells the story of how Nuthall Temple began life in 1754 as a home for Charles Sedley, MP for Nottingham.

But 300 years later it was reduced to rubble and was buried under the M1 motorway.

Nuthall Temple enjoyed stunning views over a lake and parkland, boasted 20 stables, extensive garden, a vineyard, cottages, lodges and even a melon ground.

The house was eventually passed to the Holden family and was put up for sale in 1926 when Rev Robert Holden died.

There were no takers, mainly because the mining subsidence had seriously affected the whole estate.

The land was divided and sold off, and the house went to a Beeston demolition firm for £800, just £36,000 today.

The central core, too solid for demolition, provided useful hardcore for the motorway when it was cut through the site in 1966.