Rimswell Manor House


Rimswell Manor House was built in the Victorian style and stood in 62 acres of grounds. It was the residence of William Anderson, Justice of Peace. William Anderson along with 2 others helped to finance the original Five Lamps in Thornaby. We think the house was demolished in the late 1950s, though the original Gatehouse still stands. We also think the area on which the house and grounds stood is now the Rimswell Pub and houses on Manor Place, just off Bishopton Road West. Does anyone remember this house?

9 thoughts on “Rimswell Manor House

  1. The pub was built on old farm land (seatons farm) in 1955 the manor house was further back and was demolished early 60s which then became manor place and surrounding houses.


  2. Excellent info from Alan Betteney, especially about the Ropner connection, a family that seemed to have a penchant for owning large and impressive houses. I am also interested in Holstone House which lay a little further up Bishopton Road, from what is now The Rimswell pub and stood almost opposite the old Butler’s garage/filling station. This is shown on old OS-maps as having an approach through an ornamental or mixed species spinney of trees and seems quite a large house with extensive outbuildings. It may even have been a very large farmhouse. As this would later stand adjacent to the huge Ropner playing-fields donated to Stockton BC by that family, I’m wondering if this house was also under the family’s ownership at some time?


    • The Ropner Playing Fields at Fairfield were managed by a trust. The outer field was used by Stockton Secondary Boys’ School and the inner one by Stockton Grammar School. When Stockton Sec’ became Grangefield Grammar School with its own grounds Richard Hind School applied for the field and took over its use. I was on Richard Hind staff then and suggested to the Head, Mr John Rosser that he apply!


  3. Rimswell was built just before 1881 for William Bennington who had a wholesale grocery business in the High Street. In 1869 he was elected Mayor of Stockton. In 1881 he was living in a new mansion, “Rimswell” in Fairfield. He died in Scarborough in 1896. The property was taken over by William Anderson probably around 1892. The estate appears to have consisted of the house, Lyric Lodge farm and some fields to the north as well as some land to the south ( where the barn houses are). It was bought by Leonard Ropner at some point and the farm and land was sold in 1939 to the House and Garden Estate Co. It would appear that the some of the farm land was leased or sold to Synthetic Ammonia and Nitrates Ltd (later ICI) in 1926.
    By 1946 the House and Garden Estate Co. owned the farm and farm land but not Rimswell House and not the land to the south. By 1957 the farmland and Lyric Lodge were owned by George Fordy and Co who built the Rimswell Estate on the land. The House was still separate but must have been sold and demolished to allow the construction of Manor Place. Does anyone know who built those houses?
    The above information came from deeds and plans from our old house on the Rimswell Estate but is written in complex legal jargon so is wery difficult to understand.

    The wireless station was a ‘Y’ station built in 1916 and operated by the Royal Navy to monitor messages from German Zeppelins and U boats. Some of the original buldings still exist as does some of the bases for the masts and guy ropes. It is now a private house.


  4. I can remember Rimswell Manor, it was on the land to the rear of where the Rimswell pub is now. The Manor was demolished in the late 50’s and then the pub built. The farm, Seatons Farm, which I had never heard of referred to as Lyric House before, stood more or less opposite the end of Fairfield road where Rimswell Road is now. I believe that in its latter years Rimswell manor was owned by ICI and was used to provide accommodation for visiting directors and guests.


  5. William Anderson was both an alderman and J.P. of the new Borough of Thornaby-on-Tees which received it’s Charter in 1892 having previously been known as South Stockton. He was also a partner in the wholesale timber-merchants Robinson, Alderson and Co. in that town. The house was built in the last quarter of the 19th century as a large country house on land formerly belonging to Lyric House Farm which stood on the site of The Rimswell pub. At a similar time, prestigious houses and villas were also being built nearby, in what became The Avenue, Fairfield. This is the south-elevation of the house and the turreted-room seen at high level would no doubt afford excellent views eastward toward Thornaby and Mr Anderson’s place of business. This, an architectural feature incorporated into the ‘grand’ private residences of several ‘captains of local industry’ around that time. It is also interesting to note, that on an OS map dated 1923, just across the fields from this house and adjacent to the railway line crossing Bishopton Road, there was a ‘wireless station’ shown. I’m not sure if this was a military station, or a relay station for the BBC, which had only began broadcasting the previous year.


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