Staffordshire Centre

Harvington Hall

A Car Visit on Wednesday 17th April

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Discover the house of secrets! Step back in time to discover how English Catholics lived in terror during the second half of Elizabeth 1st’s reign.

An imposing medieval moated manor house, it can be traced back to the 13th century, each corner and staircase reveals a history of Recusant Catholic priests being hunted and the sordid history of torture and execution.

Harvington is unique. It has seven remaining priest holes, more than any other house in England and visitors can experience the unique beauty of Elizabethan wall paintings, original panelling and floorboards. The Hall’s staircases, passages and doorways disorientate and trick the mind.

The Hall is owned by the Archdiocese of Birmingham, bequeathed in 1923 by Miss Ellen Ferris, a wealthy Catholic lady, but it had links with the Throckmortons of Coughton Court (National Trust) in the early 18th century who had no use for it and it fell into disrepair.

NOTE: The Hall is not wheelchair accessible, apart from the ground floor. Chairs are offered in every room and alternative staircases for those with walking/mobility difficulties. For anyone wanting further information there is a 360 degree virtual tour on the Harvington Hall website to explore the logistics of the house.

There is uneven flooring on the upper floors.

Price: £11.50
Booking deadline: April 7th
Meet: Harvington Hall, 10.30-10.45 Sat Nav: DY10 4LR
Organiser: Ruth Williams
Refreshments available on site in the Malt House café.

If calling at Dudmaston Hall (National Trust) Quatt near Bridgnorth on the way home (optional), remember to bring your National Trust membership card or Volunteer card to avoid paying the standard entrance fee of £5.50.