nocton hall | tragic coincidences

In 1983, the hall was purchased by Torrie Richardson (the hospital in the grounds had also closed but was leased back to the USAF the following year). His plan was to convert the building into a residential home, and he sold the cottages in the grounds to raise funds for the building’s conversion. (He probably also supervised the building of the modern building to north east and its long connecting passage.)

However, the home ran into difficulties and was closed. The hall was eventually sold by the receivers to Leda Properties, Oxford in 1995; they also purchased the now redundant hospital so the hall and the hospital were once again reunited under one owner. But, unfortunately, Leda Properties were as absent as former owner William H. Dennis, leaving the hall empty and unoccupied whilst they drew up their redevelopment plans.