|Location||Moseley, Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Built for||Joseph Chamberlain|
|Current use||Wedding / Conference Venue|
|Architect||J. H. Chamberlain|
|Architectural style(s)||Arts & Crafts, Venetian Gothic|
|Governing body||Leased to Chamberlain Highbury Trust|
|Official name: Highbury Hall|
|Designated||21 January 1970|
|Official name: Highbury Park|
|Designated||1 July 1986|
Highbury Hall, now a Grade II* listed building, was commissioned as his Birmingham residence by Joseph Chamberlain in 1878, two years after he became member of parliament for Birmingham. It took its name from the Highbury area of London, where Chamberlain had lived as a child. The architect was John Henry Chamberlain (no relation), who incorporated much terracotta decoration.
Joseph Chamberlain lived in Highbury from 1880 until his death in 1914. Beatrice Webb described the house as being very dark and gloomy. Chamberlain was able to fill it with the gifts he was presented with during his years as Colonial Secretary. His local political allies attended dinners at the house on Saturday evenings, and in this way Chamberlain was able to exert his influence over local developments. Adjacent to the house were Chamberlain's famous orchid houses. From here a supply of orchids was sent every few days to his London residence when Parliament was sitting. The gardens were magnificent, and included a lake: Chamberlain supervised their construction closely.
During World War I, Highbury Hall was used as a hospital annex and home for disabled soldiers. It was given to trustees in 1919 by his elder son, Austen Chamberlain, and it then passed to the Corporation of Birmingham in 1932, when it was used as a home for elderly women. In 1984, it was restored by Birmingham City Council, and is now used as a conference centre and occasional restaurant. The living rooms and bedrooms are open to viewing by clients.
In 2016 the Chamberlain Highbury Trust took over the site from Birmingham City Council on a long leasehold. An £8 million fundraising campaign was launched in 2018 to restore the building and parkland. The plans aim to open Highbury to the public for the first time, creating an exhibition on the Chamberlains' lives and history of the hall and a café, as well as maintaining spaces for weddings and conferences.
- "Highbury Hall". Birmingham.gov.uk. Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- Historic England. "Highbury Hall (Grade II*) (1076076)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- Historic England. "Highbury Hall: Grade II* (1076076)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- Historic England. "Highbury Hall gardens (Grade II) (1001203)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- "Highbury Park". Birmingham.gov.uk. Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- Roberts, Stephen (2015). Joseph Chamberlain's Highbury: a very public private house. Birmingham: Birmingham Biographies. ISBN 9781515044680.: a detailed account of life in the house during Chamberlain's time.
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