DiCamillo Companion

Broome Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Andrew Spottiswoode

    House & Family History: During World War II Broome Hall served as the headquarters of the Canadian armed forces in Britain. In 1954 the White Fathers (Society of the Missionaries of Africa), a Catholic order of monks, purchased the estate and used the house as a training center for new monks. In the late 1960s the actor Oliver Reed purchased Broome Hall from the monks and lived here until the 1980s. The famous naked scene from the 1969 movie, "Women in Love," was supposedly filmed at Broome Hall. One of the very first mainstream movies to feature male frontal nudity, the scene featured Reed and Alan Bates in a wrestling match.

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Andrew Spottiswoode, 1830-66. Frederick Pennington, 1866-1914. Sir Alexander Hargreaves Brown, 1st Bt., 1914-22. Oliver Reed, circa 1967-circa 1982.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

    Ownership Details: Converted into 11 flats in the 1980s

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No