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Harvington Hall episode 2 continues with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb.

Here we discuss the religious changes during the Tudor era and Henry VIIIs break with Rome!

Suzannah’s research focuses on the sixteenth century, both on English and French history. She works on Henry VIII and the early Tudor court, and is especially interested in the intersection of religious, gender, political, social, and psychological history. This has led her to write about Henry VIII’s annus horribilis, 1536; Anne Boleyn’s fall; and the creation of Henry VIII’s last will and testament. She is also interested in ordinary women’s lives, faith, marriages, and sexuality in sixteenth-century France, which is the subject of her latest major book, and in witchcraft and the witch-trials. She has additionally published on heritage and public history, writing a regular column for History Today that explores the role of history outside the academy.


Local family run business, The Sticky Fig Catering Co. are to partner with Harvington Hall to create ‘The Malt House’ a new on-site coffee shop.

The Malt House will open this Spring, inside Harvington Hall’s grounds. During 2021 The Hall’s grounds will be open free of charge, a new incentive to welcome local communities to share the beautiful gardens right on their doorstep. The Malt House and Harvington Hall’s gardens will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am till 4pm. Due to current COVID-19 guidelines The Hall will remain closed for tours. (We are keeping a close eye on current advice and all updates on the Hall’s opening can be found on the website

Cared for by a team of volunteers the gardens offer a peaceful retreat, with a stunning display of colour and a variety of styles. The courtyard with box hedging and hanging baskets, a wildflower garden and cottage-style floral borders with views of the moat.

Taking its name from its historical use, The Malt House is an Elizabethan building that has been sympathetically converted into a small coffee shop, serving artisan coffee, sandwiches and homemade cakes from a bakery counter. Tucked away behind the main Hall, The Malt House will be accessed through the main entrance and courtyard allowing you to start your visit wandering through the gardens whilst enjoying the sweet smell of coffee. “The smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the world’s greatest inventions.” Hugh Jackman

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines The Malt House will only be offering a takeaway service and strict guidelines in place to ensure the safety of staff and the public.

The Malt House menu has been carefully designed to use seasonal produce from local suppliers, to create simple yet comforting food. The grab and go menu will be packaged sustainably using innovative food packaging made from recyclable materials and plastics made from plants.

Alongside the grab and go menu, there will be freshly baked breads and a collection of individually packaged picnics, Ploughman lunches and cream teas, perfect for a day out in the countryside or a work lunch.

Tom Court, owner of The Sticky Fig Catering Co. has said, ‘We hope to create a trusted, local coffee shop that champions British food and suppliers. We look forward to inviting new and old friends to see the stunning gardens’

Phil Downing, Hall manager said ‘we are thrilled to partner with a local family run business, who have already built up a fantastic reputation working in our local community and further afield. We are excited to be able to open our historic grounds for free, for the first time to all local residents and visitors as a tranquil safe space to enjoy’

Lady of Harvington Hall

Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Worcestershire, Harvington Hall is a beautiful moated manor house with the largest surviving series of priest hides in the country and a rare collection of original Elizabethan wall paintings.

Originally built in the 1300s and developed magnificently in the late 1500s, Harvington Hall brings to life the fascinating history of the survival of Roman Catholic families and clergymen during the Reformation of the late sixteenth century.

Visitors will discover the Hall’s many ingenious secret priest hides, many of which were designed by Saint Nicholas Owen, and marvel at the outstanding and rare wall paintings of the late 1500s.

The moated island is home to a variety of wildlife, not least the highly-esteemed ducks. The moat harbours sizeable carp, and the occasional Kingfisher has been known to hunt there.

The Hall’s beautiful gardens offer a peaceful retreat, with a stunning display of colour and a variety of styles. Boasting a formal knot garden and courtyard, a wildflower garden and cottage-style floral borders, the Hall’s gardens are lovingly tended by dedicated volunteers.

The Malt House Visitor Centre offers a series of family activities and historic games, as well as an introductory film about the Hall and an insight into the processes of malting and brewing.

Also on the moated island, the Georgian Chapel is a peaceful space. Damaged by fire in 1823, after repairs it became the village school until 1913. It was restored and reopened for worship in the 1980s, and is still used for Mass today.

The Moatside Tearoom offers superb homemade cakes and scones and light lunches, all in an atmospheric historic setting. The Hall’s gift shop offers a selection of Fairtrade and unusual gifts and homeware.

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