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Umberslade Hall

After finding where this was a few weeks ago, I finaly got the nerve to walk down the long gravel drive to take a couple of shots.

There are no closed gates and it was very dark, I was sure someone was going to come out and chase me away, lol.

Shame the sky was so bland this morning.



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

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 Sir Philip Albert Muntz bought the estate and much enlarged and improved 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 including from 1967-1972 BSA-Triumph Motorcycles (for their research & development department). BSA-Triumph staff critical of the work produced there nicknamed the facility 'Slumberglade Hall'. 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.

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Taken on October 10, 2012