The moated manor of Harvington Hall is definitely Worcestershire’s most mysterious house.
Probably one of England’s least known but most import historic houses, Harvington Hall is a remarkably well preserved Elizabethan Catholic manor. The building is famous for having the largest collection of authentic secret rooms and passages anywhere in the United Kingdom. Built in the 16th century to hide Catholic priests from persecution, they were forgotten by history until the house was restored during the early part of the 20th century.
The house features guided tours as well as an exciting calendar of events throughout the year supported by a team of dedicated historic actors. The adjacent lake and woodland is a protected wildlife sanctuary and the tea room provides an exceptional range of cakes and light meals.
Harvington Hall is a beautiful moated manor house parts of which date back to the medieval period. The building, as it is today, was constructed in the 1580s by Humphrey Pakington. It was during this period that many of the ingenious priest hides and secret chambers were constructed by the Jesuit master builder (Saint) Nicholas Owen.
It was later passed down to Sir Humphrey’s daughter Mary, Lady Yate. In 1644, during the early years of the English civil war, it was raided by Roundhead troops loyal to the antiroyalist Oliver Cromwell the self-proclaimed Lord Protector of England. This is absolutely a ‘must visit’ destination.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
Harvington Hall Lane, Harvington, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England – DY10 4LR
Sat Nav Postcode: DY10 4LR
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: DY10 4LR