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The Castle About 3/4 Mile East of Hagley Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Hagley, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.4237 / 52°25'25"N

Longitude: -2.1059 / 2°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 392896

OS Northings: 280634

OS Grid: SO928806

Mapcode National: GBR 2DX.2D7

Mapcode Global: VH91Q.GB2W

Plus Code: 9C4VCVFV+FJ

Entry Name: The Castle About 3/4 Mile East of Hagley Hall

Listing Date: 23 November 1979

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1348597

English Heritage Legacy ID: 156390

Location: Hagley Hall, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, DY9

County: Worcestershire

District: Bromsgrove

Civil Parish: Hagley

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Hagley

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

Tagged with: Folly Castle

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The Castle about ¾ mile east of Hagley Hall


Ruined castle folly. Begun in 1747 by Sanderson Miller for George, First Lord Lyttleton, with mid C19 additions and late C20 alterations. Sandstone ashlar and coursed dressed sandstone rubble with sandstone ashlar dressings; slate roofs.

Rectangular plan with four round corner towers; only the northwest tower is complete and is of four storeys; the other towers are of one or two storeys and left in a deliberately ruinous state. Gothick style. The northwest tower has small rectangular and lancet (some are cusped) windows on the lower floors; the fourth floor has large pointed windows. Adjoining to the southeast is an intersecting taller stair turret; both tower and turret have corbelled and embattled parapets. The other towers have small rectangular and square openings. The linking walls are deliberately ruinous but the west wall is almost complete and has three tall pointed windows; beneath the central window is a pointed doorway and above the doorway are three shield reliefs.

Interior: the principal room on the fourth floor of the northwest tower has a domed ceiling with Gothick plaster decoration, cusped pointed niches alternating with the windows and above the door is a quatrefoil containing a coat of arms. Within the courtyard, adjacent to the northwest tower is a C19 building with a shallow-pitched hipped slate roof; single storey; single bay; in the south elevation is a three-light casement with a four-centred head and latticed lights and, to the left, the entrance with a gabled rustic timber porch. The castle is said to incorporate medieval masonry from the remains of Halesowen Abbey and is the largest building in Hagley Park.

Listing NGR: SO9289680634

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