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Edgbaston Hall

Edgbaston Hall
Edgbaston Hall, Church Road

The present Edgbaston Hall was rebuilt in 1717 by Sir Richard Gough in the style of a beautiful classic Georgian mansion with the extensive gardens landscaped by Capability Brown. It replaced the mediaeval manor house which had been badly damaged in the Civil War when the notorious Colonel "Tinker" Fox and his infantry of parliamentary troops made the Hall their stronghold. In 1688 it was burnt down by Puritans.

After 1783 it was let to various tenants, including the Lunar Society member Dr. William Withering, Chief Physician at Birmingham General Hospital. He experimented with the medical properties of foxgloves - discovering how digitalis could help fight heart disease.

Sir James Smith, the first Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 1896 also made the Hall his home.

Since 1936 the Hall has been the Clubhouse for Edgbaston Golf Club. Set in 144 acres of woodland, lakes and parkland the conservation area is an attractive setting for a relaxing game of golf.

Last updated - Thursday 3 May 2007 Return to Top | Printer Friendly