Bordesley Hall, Birmingham

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Bordesley Hall was an 18th-century hall which stood in a 15 hectare (40 acre) park south of the Coventry Road in what is now Small Heath, Birmingham.

It was built for the manufacturer and banker John Taylor in 1767 to replace an existing manor house on land that had previously belonged to the Holte family. Taylor emparked the estate and created an ornamental pool with an island, bridge, and grotto.[1] On his death in 1785 the property passed to his son John and John's wife Sarah Skeye, whose seven children were all born at the Hall.[2] John, jnr was appointed High Sheriff of Warwickshire for 1786.

The hall was burned down in 1791 during the Priestley Riots.[3] It was reportedly rebuilt but sold off in 1840 for housing developments. However, Charles Pye writing of his visit to Birmingham in 1818 states:[4]

Having crossed the Warwick canal, the ruins of Bordesley house are in full view; they having continued in that state ever since the year 1791, when the house was demolished by an infuriated mob. The land by which it is surrounded has been parcelled out, and advertised to be let for building.


  1. ^ "Bordesley,Bordesley Village". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  2. ^ "TAYLORS". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. ^ "A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 7: The City of Birmingham". British History Online. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. ^ Pye, Charles (1820). A Description of Modern Birmingham Whereunto Are Annexed Observations Made during an Excursion Round the Town, in the Summer of 1818, Including Warwick and Leamington. J. Lowe Birmingham.

Coordinates: 52°28′19″N 1°52′16″W / 52.472°N 1.871°W / 52.472; -1.871