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Photo tour of Aston Hall, Birmingham

Aston Hall, a grand, Grade I listed Jacobean building, was constructed in the early 1600s at the commission of Sir Thomas Holt. The hall remained in the ownership of the family until the 1800s, and after changing hands several times it is now a public museum. The grand scale of its architecture, and lavish nature of its interiors, has to be experienced first hand. Catch a glimpse of Aston Hall with our photo tour, featuring the Great HallKitchenWithdrawing RoomLong GalleryGreat Library and the hall’s blossoming gardens.

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Aston Hall was designed by architect John Thorpe in the Jacobean style. The building has had many additions since its completion in 1635.
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The hall is a Grade I listed building. Grand columns sit either side of the entrance. Above the doorway is an inscription and the family crest.

 

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The Great Hall is the stunning entrance of Aston Hall. The feature fireplace is the focal point of the room, with intricate decoration and inscription.

 

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The walls are covered in wood panelling in a Jacobean style. Paintings adorn the walls, a theme which is seen throughout the property.

 

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The Kitchen of the house was added around 1750. It contains a spit, once used to cook over a fire.

 

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The Withdrawing Room was where the inhabitants of the house would relax and eat sweet foods after their meal.

 

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The Long Gallery, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Hall, is flanked by paintings. It’s original use was to walk in during unfavourable weather! This grand fireplace sits in the middle of The Long Gallery. Sandstone fireplaces are common throughout the house, but in grand rooms such as this, inlaid polished marble is used.

 

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Dick’s Garrett is located in the servant’s sleeping quarters, in the top of the house. Some believe that the room is haunted after a servant boy, Dick, hung himself there following an accusation of theft.

 

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Heneage Legge, owner of the house in the 1700s, fitted this room as a library. It is painted in an authentic 1800s green.

 

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Stable Court, now partly demolished, is filled with luscious gardens.

 

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The grounds of Aston Hall are extensive and beautifully maintained. Take a picnic and enjoy and afternoon admiring the summer blooms.

Aston Hall is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12pm – 4pm (12th April – 2nd November)
Free entry first Sunday of every month (otherwise £4 adult)

Visit: Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6JD
Call: 0121 348 8100
Website: Aston Hall

Aston Hall

History

Built between 1618 and 1635, Aston Hall was designed by architect John Thorpe. Sir Thomas Holt, who built the house, lived there from its construction throughout his life. The property remained in the family until 1817 when it was sold. After changing hands, the building became an open museum and park, until it was bought by the Birmingham Corporation to become the first historic country house in municipal ownership in 1864.

Now, the museum is run by the Birmingham Museums Trust and is open during the summer for visitors.

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Architecture

The exterior of Aston Hall was built in the Jacobean style of the time. Jacobean architecture is a curious mix of Elizabethan design and new, Renaissance features such as columns and intricate carvings on exotic woods. Architectural elements inspired by the Classical style were also prevalent in this period, including the use of scrolls in plasterwork.

The interior of the property contains beautifully restored period detail, thanks to the buildings Grade I listing status. Examples of 17th century plasterwork can be seen alongside original woodcarvings and chimney pieces. The rooms of the museum have been decorated with traditional interior design from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Fact file:

Location: Aston 
Built: 1618-1635
Style: Jacobean
Status: Grade I 
Use: Community museum

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