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The estate passes from the Darrell family to the Dawneys of Cowick.
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New owner George Hay, later Earl of Kinnoull, is arrested on suspicion of Jacobite sympathies. On his release he returns to Brodsworth and carries out building works.
Robert Hay Drummond, later Archbishop of York, inherits and carries out extensive renovations at Brodsworth.
Peter Thellusson, a wealthy merchant and banker, buys Brodsworth.
There are extensive legal battles over Thellusson's peculiar will, which withholds much of his estate until after all his living sons and grandsons die.
The battle over Thellusson's will finally ends when the inheritance is divided between Frederick, 4th Baron Rendlesham, and Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson. Charles inherits Brodsworth.
Charles commissions little-known architect Philip Wilkinson to build a new house. The gardens are also laid out in the 1860s.
Charles leases land to the newly formed Brodsworth Colliery Company. This brings in income from rent and coal royalties.
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With the extra coal income, the Thellussons redecorate several rooms, update the kitchen and replace gas lights with electricity.
Charles Grant-Dalton inherits. Under financial pressure, Charles sells off paintings and part of the estate.
Charles organises the local Home Guard after war breaks out. His wife, Sylvia, and daughter, Pamela, become nurses and Pamela also serves in the Air Transport Auxiliary.
Charles dies but Sylvia continues to live at Brodsworth until her death.
Pamela inherits and decides to keep the estate but not the hall. It is transferred to English Heritage, who carry out conservation work and open it to the public.
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