Umberslade Hall

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Umberslade Hall is a 17th-century mansion converted into residential apartments situated near Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire. It is a Grade II* listed building. [1]

The Archer family were granted the manor of Umberslade by Henry II in the 12th century and retained possession for some 600 years.

The old manor house was replaced between 1695 and 1700 when Smith of Warwick built the new mansion for Andrew Archer, Member of Parliament for Warwickshire.

The estate was sold in 1826 and from 1850 was leased by George Frederic Muntz, Member of Parliament for Birmingham. After his death in 1857 his son George Frederick bought the estate and much enlarged and improved the Hall. During this time Muntz junior had a church built on the estate, Umberslade Baptist Church, which exists to this day separately to the Hall. In 1881 the household comprised thirty including thirteen resident servants. Frederick Ernest Muntz who succeeded to the estate in 1898 served as High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1902 and as Deputy Lieutenant. The estate, much reduced, remains in the ownership of the Muntz family.

From the 1960s the Hall was leased out to commercial tenants,[citation needed] including from 1967 BSA MotorcyclesTriumph Motorcycles, to merge their various design and development departments at a central point, roughly equi-distant from their manufacturing bases at Meriden, Redditch and Small Heath. Previously, the site had been similarly-used by an industrial manufacturer of car components, Wilmot Breedon.[2]

In 1978 it was converted into twelve apartments and two mews cottages. The Hall is home to a 1702 marble statue The Crouching Venus by John Van Nost the Elder.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name: UMBERSLADE HALL List entry Number: 1382396". English Heritage. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Motor Cycle, 29 June 1967. p.902. BSA Country Estate Accessed 2015-12-07

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Coordinates: 52°20′24″N 01°48′04″W / 52.34000°N 1.80111°W / 52.34000; -1.80111