History, Today and the Future

About Us

History

Stanton House was built in 1879/80 by John Thompson. In 1963 it was sold to Geoffrey Gould, a Christian architect from London. His vision was for Stanton House to be a place of intercession and a powerhouse for prayer. In 1977, Geoffrey and his wife Marjorie were introduced to James and Joan Haig-Ferguson, whose vision was to welcome missionaries on home leave, and space for other Christians under pressure to seek renewal. In 1978 Stanton House became a charitable trust. Almost immediately, Geoffrey died of a heart attack and so James and Joan Haig-Ferguson, with the help of some willing and able helpers continued the restoration work and building of the fellowship to bring the vision to reality. Restoration was substantially completed in 1984.

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Today

Today Stanton House continues to hold to the vision of providing space for individuals and groups to meet to discern God’s call on their lives. The House and Grounds provide, in the words of the original vision, ‘a place for Christian folk who have a need to stand back a little from the pressure of events and seek renewal and adjustment’. The House was given to the Trust with no endowment. We continue to rely on donations and contributions from guests to cover all costs, including modest staff team allowances. It remains a principle that individual retreat guests are not given a bill but are invited to contribute towards their stay and, thanks to the generosity of some, others are not prevented from coming through lack of means. The House continues to be busy and attracts many visitors from all walks of life.

Future

Staff accommodation has always been one of the major issues for the smooth running of the house and we are hoping that the time has finally arrived to expand the living space. The Trust is currently exploring the possibilities with the help of a planning consultant to make proposals to the local council which will be acceptable and in line with planning policies whilst meeting the specific needs of the house. We are all excited about this project and hope it will not take too long to develop and accomplish. Please join us in praying for wisdom, favour with the planning authorities, a good flow of funding and safety for all involved in this venture.