40 Room Harrogate Mansion Frozen in Time
A recent story in The Independent told of a huge Harrogate mansion that has been left to decay for the last 30 years.
The home, known as Pinehead House, was owned by Indian aristocrats and friends of the British Royal Family. The grand 40 room edifice with sprawling verdant grounds has been left abandoned for the last 27 years, since the death of owners Sir Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji . The couple were prominent figures in the early 20th century in British aristocratic circles. They shared their time between Pinehead House, a home in Windsor and another in the place of their birth, India.
The property passed to the couple’s daughter Mehroo Jehangir on the death of Lady Bomanji, but Ms Jehangir never visited Pinehead Houe and herself died in 2012.
This neglect means that the house has seen better days, but also that it is a treasure trove of intriguing items from decades past. There are many relics from the 1920s and the house still retains decorations from this halcyon era. There are also somewhat more modern artefacts such as invites to society events from the 1970s, quirky obsolete technology such as a reel to reel tape player and even old children’s toys, left in this grand time capsule for many years.
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Pinehead House has now been bought by a local businessman, according to the newspaper report, who intends to restore the home to its former glory, though perhaps with a more modern aesthetic.