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Broxtowe Hall - exterior viewed through the gateway

Broxtowe Hall is said to have been erected by Thomas Smith, one of the great banking family, about 1700. Perhaps, however, Thomas Smith merely altered the then empty house, for what architecture is left looks rather earlier than 1700, possibly about 1660. It was the home of Thomas Helwys, leader of the early Baptists. Broxtowe Hall was demolished in 1937. (information from