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.