The Oak House Museum, West Bromwich

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The Oak House is a timber framed building dating from the sixteenth century located in Greets Green, West Bromwich, England.The original owners of Oak House are not known, but the family most closely associated with it are the Turtons who were living there by 1634. The house remained in the Turton family until 1768 when it passed to William Whyley, the "natural son" of John Turton.It is thought to have taken its name from an oak which stood on the green in front of it and was burnt down around 1800, though it could have been named after the oak woodland that once surrounded the house. The last John Turton advised William Whyley to fell the trees, and in 1768 many were used to make lock-gates for the Birmingham Canal, which was then being built through West Bromwich. Very few oaks remained in 1836. John Wesley preached at the house on two occasions in the late 18th century when it was in the ownership of William Whyley. It remained in the Whyley family until 1837. Following a succession of owners, Reuben Farley (three times Mayor of West Bromwich) purchased the property.Alderman Reuben Farley was one of the towns greatest benefactors. He purchased the Oak House with the intention of making it his private residence, but resolved to present it to the town as a museum. The leading architects in West Bromwich, Messrs. Wood and Kendrick, were employed with the task of restoring the house. Skilled craftsmanship ensured the outstanding quality of the restoration and the museum was formally opened on 25 July 1898; gardens and a bowling green were also laid out.
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  • August 19, 2017
    An old childhood haunt of mine it was wonderful to see the place still thiriving after all these years. Hard to believe that it is still free to go in! We visited last Tuesday and although the place w...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Took the Grandchildren to visit to learn about the local history. Charming/helpful staff, lots going on throughout the year.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Visited here Sunday; I work as a support worker and took 6 service users for afternoon tea. This afternoon tea was on of the best I have ever been to, sat looking over the beautiful garden, the two la...  more »
  • May 21, 2017
    Free place to go and learn some good English history. Lovely park on site to keep the children entertained. Beautiful gardens surrounding the old Oak House.
  • July 30, 2017
    Lovely afternoon out , staff really friendly, great for all ages
  • December 11, 2016
    Went to see santas grotto and had an amazing time there. There was a free disco and magic show on with face painting and balloons. The grotto in the house was really really well done. I know what we will be doing at Xmas from now on.
  • August 19, 2017
    What a beautiful piece of West Bromwich history.
  • August 20, 2017
    Nice place for kids.

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