LOOKING BACK - March 19 edition

The Dorothy Fenwick Hall in Hillmorton
The Dorothy Fenwick Hall in Hillmorton

The Dorothy Fenwick Hall, Hillmorton

These are three more pictures from Tony Cockerill’s excellent postcard collection of Hillmorton.

Another of Tony Cockerill's postcard collection

Another of Tony Cockerill's postcard collection

I’ve been prompted to print them as a follow-up to our recent editions which mentioned the Fenwicks and their daughter, who became Dorothy Rich. You may remember Joan Collier’s account of working for Mrs Rich in the 1940s. I’ve been given an old cutting which says this 16th century building in High Street was called the Dorothy Fenwick Hall. It was converted from a row of several thatched cottages. Having been bought by Mr GA Fenwick of The Croft, Hillmorton, it was named after his daughter in 1910. Sadly, despite the thatched hall’s great age, in 1962 the borough council decided it should be closed and demolished.

Before moving to Hillmorton Mr Fenwick had been a London Banker. His family were keen on hunting and stabled up to 16 horses. The stables and gardens of The Croft became Fenwick Drive in 1939.

High Street, Hillmorton

High Street, Hillmorton