Moseley Hall, Birmingham

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Moseley Hall
Frontage of the Hall, showing its three stories
Moseley Hall in 2009, viewed from the South
General information
Type Country house
Town or city Moseley
Country England
Coordinates 52°26′46″N 1°53′36″W / 52.4460°N 1.8934°W / 52.4460; -1.8934
Renovated 1795
Designations Grade II listed

Moseley Hall is a Grade II listed[1] 18th-century country house which was situated in parkland in Moseley, Birmingham. The hall itself is now part of Moseley Hall Hospital and much of the surrounding estate has been developed for roads and housing.

The hall was built c.1795 of ashlar with a slate roof in three storeys with a five-bay frontage. A central porch is supported by four pairs of Tuscan columns.[2] The dovecote in the grounds is also Grade II listed.[3]

History[edit]

The Moseley estate came, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, into the Grevis family, who rebuilt the hall in its present location in the early 1600s. After the family ran into financial difficulties the estate was sold in 1768 to wealthy manufacturer and banker John Taylor of Bordesley Park. His son John built a new house in a plain classical style alongside the previous one and commissioned Humphry Repton to landscape the park. The new building was set on fire by a mob during the Priestley Riots of 1791 when occupied by the Dowager Countess of Carhampton.[4]

The damaged house was restored by 1796 and John Taylor jnr moved in. After his death it passed to his son James, High Sheriff of Worcestershire for 1826, who also lived there. After James's death in 1852 the property was let until 1889, when the hall and 22 acres (0.089 km2) of the estate were sold to Richard Cadbury, MP, of the chocolate making family. The rest of the land was developed for housing following the building of Salisbury and Chantry roads, linking Alcester Road to Pershore Road via the estate.

Hospital[edit]

In 1891 Cadbury presented Moseley Hall to the City of Birmingham for use as a children's convalescent home.[4]

Moseley Hall hospital is now described as an NHS community hospital offering general medical and sub-acute care and specialist stroke and brain injury rehabilitation services for inpatients and outpatients.[5] Patients and their relatives have mixed reactions, some are very satisfied but others are seriously dissatisfied.[6]

The Juniper Centre was built on the hospital site and provides support for older people with mental health issues over a large part of South Birmingham, also helping with physical care.[7] Reactions of patients and relatives are mixed, a few report excellent care but many are deeply disappointed.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Moseley Hall Hospital  (Grade II) (1075764)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Moseley Hall Hospital". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Dovecote In Moseley Hall Hospital  (Grade II) (1075765)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Moseley Hall". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Overview-Moseley Hall Hospital". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Moseley Hall Hospital As of February 2015 there were more favourable reports than complaints.
  7. ^ Juniper Centre Hospital
  8. ^ Juniper Centre, Address: Moseley Hall Hospital site, Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JL As of February 2015 complaints outnumbered favourable reports.

Coordinates: 52°26′46″N 1°53′36″W / 52.4460°N 1.8934°W / 52.4460; -1.8934