Paul McGann Backs Sleddale Hall Campaign

While only vaguely related to Doctor Who, the Sleddale Hall property near Penrith in Cunbria was the centre of most of the film Withnail & I, which starred future Eighth Doctor Paul McGann and alternative Ninth Doctor Richard E Grant in 1987.

Now the property is up for auction, with the threat of demolition or ownership by Kate Moss hanging over it – and the only way to save "Crow Crag" is to get together with other like-minded individuals to safeguard a piece of British cinematic heritage.

Over the past few days the Crow Crag Collective has gained a good amount of press coverage, as well as statements of support from both Paul McGann and Richard E Grant.

The collective’s Facebook Group already has 845 members within a few days of kicking off, while Paul McGann said the following:

I do hope some collective action can save the place for those that love it. You might argue that it’s perfectly mad that anyone should be sentimental about the wreck of a building, particularly one they never lived in, and you’d be right. But if it’s agreed that its best prospects involve its restoration to a family house, you could also argue that the people responsible for Withnail And I’s enduring fame—its fans—are the ‘family’ best placed to care for it.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the progress of the sale, and urge anyone reading with the slightest interest in either Withnail & I or British Cultural Landmarks to consider pitching in and join me in making a pledge to the successful purchase of this much-loved building.


Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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