Bid for information on ‘castle’ architect

Copyright - Picture the Past. Langley Castle in the late 1800s.

Copyright - Picture the Past. Langley Castle in the late 1800s.

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An ancestor of an eccentric County Policeman is calling on people of Heanor for information about his life.

William Newton spent years converting his cottage on Hands Road, into what later became known as Langley Castle in the late 19th Century - but was ordered to stop building in the late 1800s by the local authorities.

The four storey building, made in his spare time, was knocked down in the mid 20th Century.

Now his great-great grandaughter Clare Robinson of Ossett, Yorkshire is attempting to learn more about Mr Newton, who died in 1902.

She said; “If anyone knows anything about this extraordinary building, or the Newton family that built it, I’m particularly keen to find out about William’s parents.I know his father was called William and I think his miother may have been called Clarissa, nee Elliott.”

It is not yet fully known why Mr Newton decided to build the ‘castle’, which later became a local tourist attraction.

One rumour suggests he told his grandaughter Ann that he was building his house high enough so they could see her uncle Will, who had emigrated to America.

If you can help Clare, call her on 01924 962128.