Himley Hall

  • Himley, Staffordshire
  • OSGB – SO 8882 9157
  • Grade II Listed Building


Medieval moated house, fortified manor house.

Home to the Lords of Dudley.


1628                              The Ward family inherited the title of the Lords of Dudley through marriage.

1645                              Charles I camped in the grounds on his way to Naseby.

17th C                            Dud Dudley lived in the old manor.

1774                              John Ward died and his son, John, hired Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to landscape the surrounding parklands.

18th C                            John Ward demolished the old Medieval manor house and built a new hall on the site.

1934                              The Duke and Duchess of Kent spent their honeymoon at the Hall.

1945                              After: Sold to the National Coal Board. There was a fire in the South Wing which was totally destroyed.

1958                              Headquarters of the West Midlands Division of the National Coal Board.

1958                              Field Investigation.

1966                              Bought by Dudley and Wolverhampton Borough Council.

1976                              Field Investigation.

1988                              Dudley borough Council purchased Wolverhampton Borough Council’s part ownership.

2006                              5th November: England’s largest firework display held in the grounds.


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