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Brief description of site

Himley Hall is a landscape park and pleasure grounds laid out in the mid-18th century. The grounds surround a country house, possibly by Nathaniel Richmond, and extended in the 1770s by Lancelot Brown. The site covers 205 hectares.

Brief history of site

The Hall was recorded in the register of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield in 1361 and by the mid-17th-century there was a moated manor house. A new house was built by John Ward, sixth Baron, after 1740. He also also called in a landscape improver, possibly Nathaniel Richmond, to prepare proposals for the grounds. Lancelot Brown landscaped the park around 1774. The hall was extensively re-modeled by William Atkinson between 1824 and 1827. The hall was refurbished in the 1920s, but then became a hospital during World War 2.

Location information:

Address: Himley Park, DY3 4DF

Locality: Dudley

Local Authorities:

Staffordshire; South Staffordshire; Himley

Historical County: Staffordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 139 Grid Ref: SO888915
Latitude: 52.5213 Longitude: -2.1665

Directions:

The site is on the B4176, 4 miles west of Dudley.
http://www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/himley-hall/how-to-find-us/

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The hall is open between April and September. For further details see:
http://www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/himley-hall/visitor-information/

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1740 to 1774

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 205

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