Mary Spode, widow of Josiah Spode III, bought the Estate in 1839 for her six year old son Josiah IV, great-grandson of Josiah Spode and the Hall was much altered and extended. The intricate cast iron Orangery was added, along with the beautiful manicured gardens, statues and other outer buildings. Six underground tunnels were constructed to allow the Estate workers to move quickly around the locality, two of which led to Lichfield and Armitage. During the Spode occupancy the Hall was known as Spode House and Josiah went on to be appointed High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1850.
On Spode’s death in 1893 the Estate was entrusted to his niece, Helen Gulson, who had a vision of the Virgin Mary in the gardens of the Hall. This vision led to the building of the Church at Hawkesyard and the altar was placed on the very spot where the apparition took place. Helen Gulson left the Hall, Church and grounds to the Dominican Order in 1894 and moved into Gulson House on the Estate. In 1898 the Order built a new priory within the grounds, which was originally occupied by nuns until the early 20th Century. The convent was changed to a monastery and the monks ran a boarding school for young aspiring Dominican students and a theological training centre. When the Dominicans left the estate in 1988 the Hall fell into a state of disrepair and was boarded up.
This was a home to a dairy farm built in 1725. The four bedroomed Hall has been empty since the last owner died in the 1970s. The rest of the home, which was built in 1725, is a dishevelled mess of 1960s clothing, a vintage car, certificates and documents. According to reports, Census records show Ms Jones died in the early 1970s and her home became a forgotten relic, with her belongs exactly as she left them. Councillor Dilys Gaskill, chairman of the Pant and Llanymynech Parish Council, said “I don’t know much about the hall and I don’t know the background but there must be an interesting story attached to this property. It is in a pretty remote area and it is all a bit of a mystery over why the house has been left the way it has.” Councillor Arwel Jones, county councillor for Four Crosses, added: “It has been completely abandoned for as long as I can remember and I think a relative of the original owner had also died so I don’t know who would be responsible for it.” John Evans, Powys County Council spokesman, said the authority was aware of the property and said it was placed on a listed buildings at risk register as recently as November 2012. He added: “From the records we have of the building, it was given listed status on January 31, 1953 and then last year it was placed on the listed buildings at risk register. by