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The hall was built in 1771 and was demolished in 1960. White's Directory of Nottinghamshire for 1853 gave the following description; Its situation is highly pleasing, standing on a gentle swell, with an expansive lawn in front, finely belted with trees and ornamental shrubs, and judiciously broken at intervals by picturesque clumps. The grounds command extensive prospects over the adjacent shires of Derby, Nottingham, York and Lincoln. The hall consists of a centre three storeys high, with two wings of one lofty storey each, the whole light and pleasing, and accompanied with a commodious range of offices. The manor is so plentifully wooded as to appear one great ornamental plantation. A very interesting walk round the house ground winds for upwards of a mile in a circuitous route amongst this delightful sylvan scenery, whilst on the surrounding eminences may be seen the farm houses erected by the late Mr Acklom. The old hall was originally the residence of the Nelthorpe family, but about two centuries ago was purchased by the Ackloms, an ancient Yorkshire family, often honoured with knighthoods in earlier times, when that title was given for important services to the state, or on those whose birth entitled them to it. The branch of the family is now extinct, as its last heiress, the late Lady Althorpe, died about 29 years ago without issue, and on the death of the late Earl Spencer, the estate was sold to the Rev. Christopher Nevile of Thorney.