Wolverhampton may be more famous for its industrial heritage as part of the Black County and the mighty Wolverhampton Wanderers, but it also has a rich architectural heritage with plenty of stately homes to visit. The West Midlands might not seem like a place to bask in luxury to many people outside of the region, but there is a lot to offer. Here we detail just some of the stately homes in the area and why you should visit them.
Wightwick Manor & Gardens
Wightwick Manor and Gardens is situated on Wightwick Bank and is open for the public to explore and enjoy. It was built in 1887 by Theodore Mander, who was a Black Country industrialist and designed by Edward Ould. The house was decorated inside with the work of William Morris, who was a textile designer, novelist and poet, as well as the work of professional female artists on public display. The house was sold to the National Trust in 1937.
Moseley Old Hall
Located just outside of Wolverhampton, Mosely Hall is another National Trust property and is famous for its role in the Battle of Worcester during the English Civil War. After what would become the final battle in the 11-year long war, King Charles II was forced to escape from the Roundheads. Charles II used Moseley Old Hall as a hiding place, arriving in workman’s clothes he stayed there for two days planning the rest of his escape which wasn’t complete for over another month. During your trip, you’ll be able to visit the room that Charles used to hide.
Situated in Birmingham and built between 1618 and 1635, Aston Hall is a grand, sprawling estate which perfectly exemplifies a Jacobean ‘prodigy house’. Now it’s a community museum owned by Birmingham City Council, but it also has a rich history and an involvement in the English Civil War. Some of the damage from the war is still visible and the house was the first country home to be municipally owned.
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