HOMES & STUDIOS

Farley Hall

In about 1935, having sold Warbrook House, William Ranken moved into a wing of Farley Hill Place, near Reading, Berkshire. This very substantial property had been purchased in 1920 by his sister, Anne, and her husband, Lewis Bruce, a grandson of the 8th Earl of Elgin and Kincardine. The house (variously known as Farley Hall, Farley Court and Farley Castle) was built around 1729 by a certain John Walter. The Hall has a magnificent painted ceiling featuring classical deities (possibly by Jacopo Amigoni) beneath a large central lantern. The overall grandeur of the rooms contrasts with the simplicity of the exterior.

Ranken lived here until his death in 1941. Today the house, with its extensive grounds, remains a private residence and has reverted to its former name of Farley Hall.

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