Monday, 19 December 2016

Harvington Hall - Worcestershire

Harvington Hall was buiult by a Catholic family. The first medieval style house was constructed in the 14th century, but when it became dangerous to be a Catholic in England, an Elizabthan manor was built by Humphrey Pakington starting in 1590.

Harvington Hall sits on an island surrounded by a moat close to the village of Chaddesley Corbett. The house has two chapels inside, another one not far away, and a Georgian chapel that has had a varied life, rising from ruins to become a school room, and then rising again to return as a place of worship.

The Pakington family were devout and determined. They continued to observe the Catholic Mass during the most difficult of times and the house has seven priest holes where priests and others could hide in the event of the house being raided.

Eventually the house passed to the Ferris family and Robert Ferris (later Lord Harvington) gifted the house to the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1980. The house and pleasant gardens are open to visit, mainly on Sundays to Wednesdays between March and October, but it is recommended that visitors check in advance.

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The Georgian Chapel

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