In the same family for over 900 years, and handed down through the generations, the house you see today dates mainly from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It is built of red brick with a later, 19th-century porch. Collections of English furniture and family portraits in an unbroken line from 1626 to the present day are fascinating to look at and help trace the history of the house as well as the history of England. Whitmore Hall also has an extremely rare late Elizabethan stable block with a part-cobbled ground floor and nine oak-carved stalls for the horses. Now deservedly popular as a wedding venue, an elegant avenue of lime trees leads from the house to the ancient church of St Mary and All Saints, which is small and intimate, with a picturesque half-timbered turret.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Opening Times: Open May-Aug, Tue-Wed 2-4.30. Guided tours 2.15, 3 & 3.45
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About the area
It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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