Late 20th Century to Present
Charles Edward, 26th Baron Mowbray, 27th Baron Segrave and 23rd Baron Stourton.
On the death of William Marmaduke Stourton in 1965 the titles passed on to his son, Charles Edward, but the estate including the castle, by agreement between the father and son, passed on to his grandson, Edward William Stephen, then only 12 years old, and was placed in the hands of trustees until Edward reached his 30th birthday on the 17th of April 1983. On 24th, 25th and 26th November 1965 there was a three day sale during which most of the contents of the castle were sold.
The Trustees, trying to find income to support the maintenance of the castle, in 1966 leased the castle to the SMA Fathers, a missionary congregation that was founded to evangelize Africa, which used the castle to train Catholic missionaries for Africa. They could not afford to maintain the castle and moved out in 1971.
Victory Mount Trust
The castle then remained empty until 1973 when it was leased to Victory Mount Trust, “a community of Christians who live, pray and work together to help guests of any age who are in need of holiday, rest and/or healing – spiritual, mental or physical”.
Edward Stourton, William Stephen, 27th Baron Mowbray, 28th Baron Segrave and 24th Baron Stourton.
On his 30th birthday, on 17th April 1983, when Edward Stourton gained control of his estate, he decided to sell the castle. As the convalescent trust who held a lease on the castle had found they could not afford to maintain it, in 1983 an agreement was reached whereby the castle could be sold and they would not be held responsible for repairs. Edward Stourton, now the 27th Baron Mowbray, 28th Baron Segrave and 24th Baron Stourton, inherited his titles on the death of his father, Charles Edward, on 12 December 2006 and lives in the Allerton Park Stable Block which has been converted into his family home.
Dr. Gerald Arthur Rolph
In October 1983, Dr. Gerald Arthur Rolph, an American, purchased Allerton Castle along with 1.5 hectares of land with the stated purpose of preserving it as part of English and world heritage. In 1986 another 42 hectares of parkland to the South and West of the castle including the Temple of Victory was purchased. The castle was in a poor state of repair. The lead on the roof of the Great Hall had to be renewed and the stone mullions replaced. 80 percent of the roof tiles had to be removed, new felt put down and the original tiles, or exact replacement tiles, re-laid. Water damage from leaking roofs and/or broken pipes had to be repaired. Peeling wallpaper, broken floorboards, dangerous wiring which required the entire castle to be rewired, dry rot and wood worm, all had to be attended to which proved to be very expensive and time consuming.
THE GERALD ARTHUR ROLPH FOUNDATIN FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND EDUCATION.
In 1986 Dr. Rolph formed a Foundation under English Charity Deed Number 517743 to preserve Allerton Castle as part of English and World Heritage. The Foundation’s conservation and restoration objectives are very clear:
1) to conserve and/or restore the fabric of the castle to bring it back to its original condition c1870
2) where the fabric had not survived, to use what remained as a blueprint to recreate the original, and
3) create what might have been in c1870 where no fabric remained.
Thus if a person from c1870 could be resurrected and brought to visit the castle, the décor and ambiance would be correct and they would see nothing unsympathetic to that date (except perhaps for electricity, telephones, television, etc.).