The 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade
(1 Samodzielna Brygada Spadochronowa)
Haunting Photo's Of Largo House
The 1957 Photo Collection
In 2018 I became aware of a private collection of professionally taken photo's of Largo House, taken in 1957, just 6 years after the place was stripped out.
Having purchased rights on the photographs, I am proud to put into the public domain photo's that have not been previously seen.
These photos belong to the copyright holder © RCAHMS. It's tempting to copy these photo's. Please do not copy these photos. Illegal copying of photos is theft. If you wish to obtain rights on the use of them, please contact the copyright holder.
Largo House Front Elevation
Note how the remains of the sweeping drive that went past the front door are still visible in the photo. In 1906 thats where the Model T car sat when that (very famous..and only photo of that period) was taken.
If only Largo House could talk, what stories would it tell?
The Durham coat of arms above the "tympanum".
Photos Of The Rear Of Largo House
The photo below is the rear of Largo House. When I was watching the video about Charles Brand the House stripper (on our page entitled "House Strippers"), I was struck by the remarkable architectural similarity of an unknown house that appears at 2:11 in the video.
Remains Of Largo House Conservatory
The conservatory was most likely added on many years after Largo House was originally built. It's all gone now and even the remains of the conservatory foundations are slowly succumbing to gravity as they crumble to the floor.
Elsewhere on this website you will see photos of the horses and dogs getting ready outside these very stables at Largo House, for a fox hunt.
Later, the Polish soldiers of the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade cut a large hole in the ceiling of this building and used it to practice jumping through (into a room filled with hay and old mattresses) as part of their training for exiting aircraft.
Behind the 2nd window (from the left) on the ground floor is where that room was. It too is all gone now, nothing of the roof or internals remains.
For many years, when the house was derelict, locals would visit it, children would even play in its ruins.
Largo House - Present Day
Moving into the present day here are some photos I took in 2018;
A couple other images that are truly captivating;