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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.
The Hall is currently closed to visitors
A recent building survey has revealed that work needs doing to the vaulted ceiling in the withdrawing room at Harvington Hall. Further investigations and surveys are also being undertaken to protect its future and we will be launching a fundraising campaign to help Harvington.
As the room is part of the main public thoroughfare, in 2020 the Hall will only be open for special events.
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. Its unusually well preserved condition makes it a rare building of significance, and it was voted the best Hidden Gem in the UK Heritage Awards 2019.
The Hall requires constant maintenance to preserve its rare buildings. Work will be required to repair the original lathe and plaster ceiling of the withdrawing room; this closure will also give us the opportunity to undertake further works to improve the building.
Until we fully understand the scope of the works required, we do not yet have a firm re-opening date. Please join us at our events during the year and help to support our fundraising and a swift re-opening!
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.
Step Back in Time and Experience History come to Life
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