History of Great Barr Hall

Great Barr Hall

Great Barr Hall

Great Barr Hall and its associated lakes and historic parkland lies just off Junction 7 of the M6. The site is of international importance through its substantial links with the celebrated Lunar Society of Birmingham, “…the most remarkable group of thinkers and inventors in the eighteenth century, which had a more potent effect upon civilisation than that of any other society in history.” The landscape is also on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest—it was worked on by both William Shenstone and Humphry Repton.

You might expect that the elevated status of this site, coupled with statutory protections, would have been some insurance against dereliction and despoilment. Sadly, that has not been the case and the long-term survival of this unique heritage asset is far from certain, despite a concerted campaign over nearly two decades by the Great Barr Hall Action Committee.

 

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10 Responses to History of Great Barr Hall

  1. Paul White says:

    Many thanks

  2. I don’t know the answer to that one. But I can find out, so leave it with me.

  3. Paul White says:

    Can you tell me, my understanding of the Hall and land is that the Scott’s gifted it to the people of Great Barr many years ago and the hospital became owners by occupation, am i correct in thinking this? I remember not so many years ago DJ’ing for free in the hall for some hospital patients, it was a little worse for wear then and that was only in the late 70’s.

  4. Paul White says:

    Yes, yours too works now! Keep up the sterling work that you are doing, I for one will be with you all the way!

  5. Paul White says:

    Ah, i seemed to have fixed it for you – well in a fashion – my link works. I will not be offended if you delete my comments and fix your link!

  6. Paul White says:

    The link to http://www.greatbarrhall.com on this page does not work, perhaps it could be a good idea to fix this as it is a very important site to view.

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