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Blakesley Hall, Birmingham

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Blakesley Hall is a Tudor hall on Blakesley Road in Yardley, Birmingham, England. It is one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham and is a typical example of Tudor architecture with the use of darkened timber and wattle-and-daub infill, with an external lime render which is painted white. The extensive use of close studding and herringbone patterns on all sides of the house make this a home that was designed to show the wealth and status of the owner. The house is also jettied on all sides. At the rear of the hall, built on the back of the chimney, is a brick kitchen block dating from circa 1650.The hall is a timber-framed farmhouse built in 1590 by Richard Smalbroke, a man of local importance to Yardley. His family farmed at the hall and had other buildings in the surrounding area which were lost over time. After 1685, the building passed into the hands of the Greswolde family and for the next 200 years became a tenant farm. In 1899, the hall was acquired by Henry Donne who renovated the dilapidated house before selling it to the Merry family, a local paint and varnish manufacturer, who were the last family to occupy the hall.
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  • Had an excellent day despite the aweful weather i thought the children and adults did well in the play  more »
  • Blakesley Hall is a real hidden gem. Visited May Bank holiday Sunday and not another visitor was there! A very few arrived later but what has the general population missed. The house is steeped in his...  more »
  • We visited Blakesley Hall on an open day close to International Women's Day, so they had a special tour with details about women's lives in Tudor times. The staff were dressed up and had researched th...  more »
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  • Had a great day with family today , we visit Blakesley Hall for a picnic in memory of the MP Jo who had died.Get together. It was such a beautiful day and the girls enjoyed their day at the Museum.
  • Very nice. Family friendly. Clean toilets, nice tearoom. Picnic area too if u want.
  • Great place for a family visit. Real eye opener to how we used to live. AMAZING staff know everything you could ever ask. Really enjoyed it there.
  • Good family/ schools visits but should consider costs
  • A great place to chill with the kids for a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon!

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