Saturday, 17 November 2012

Hawkesley Hall; King’s Norton


One day, I was doing a volunteering shift at Stirchley Stores with a rather nice man called Steve. We were talking about this blog and he asked if I knew anything about Hawkesley Hall. I said, I’ve never heard of it, which was true. Fast forward a few weeks to a day when I decided to go and find it, and I’m quite pleased that I have! There are no remains on the site, so if the signs weren’t here you’d have no idea. There are carved stone blocks with minimal information on, but to someone who doesn’t know, this area just looks like a patch of trees in the middle of an estate.


Hawkesley Hall is possibly the sister manor to Hawkesley House on Turves Green – the former being Little Hawkesley and the latter being Great Hawkesley. There is a chance that the former was the first home of the Hawkeslow family, and then they upgraded and moved to Turves Green. I wish I could claim to be a genius and know all this, but a lot of my information is from here and here.


There is a path around this site, and it supposedly follows the line of the moat. I like this idea; you can walk around the perimeter of the property before taking the path that would lead up to, and now through, the house.



It would be very interesting to know more about this – what the original house would’ve looked like, what the surrounding area would look like, how the Victorian house that was built on the same land would look like etc. I love peering into the past at old buildings and imagining how the world has changed so much in that one location!



Lime Tree Walk


To get to this location, you need to aim for the Hawkesley Estate. I walked up from the canal, but the 45 stops a 5 minute walk away, and the 35 and 27 also stop nearby. Once again, check out my brilliant Google Earth Map to find out more!


8 comments:

  1. Hi Laura,I have read this with interest.I was born and brought up in Glendene crescent, just up the redditch road.I have a painting of hawksley hall i did in oils in about 1967.Farmer Bill morris lived and farmed there at the time.

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  2. Wow! Thanks for this - it's one part of South Brum I don't know much about and it always surprises me a little to find that this area was still very rural in the 1950s etc. Do you have a picture of the painting online anywhere? I would very much like to see it!

    Laura

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  3. I will try and put a photo of it on Facebook.I have a fb account,Martin smith redditch.Its not a brilliant painting, i did it in a rush whilst Bill morris was out delivering milk.Regards Martin.

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  4. I grew up in Green Acres Road and around 1967 I would regularly explore the ruins of the Manor House on this site while walking my dog, Sabre, around the fields, ponds, dells and streams of what is now Hawkesley Housing Estate. Trevor

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  5. Just came across this, my dad told me that when they were children, he and his friends found a tunnel in the ruins that led I think if I remember correctly to the church. Apparently there were artifacts inside that that sold at a pawn shop an investigation ensued and the entrances were destroyed. The remains of the entrance are still visible if you know where to look!

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    1. Where is the memorial block with the info upon it?. i just cant seem to locate it and i live in Hawkesley

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  6. When we were children living in the prefabs on the Redditch Road we used to go scrumping in the orchard. When farm hand Frank came along he would help us rather than chase us because he was rather plump.Those were the days.

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  7. I used to have a great time in the area back in the early 60's as a kid. We would wonder along what is now Limetree Walk, sometimes, if brave enough, we would go into the farm yard. The big old bull would be looking at us over the barn door. Lovely old farm house but had no idea that an old hall was on the site previously. As kids we always thought the place was haunted and would never go alone. These days as you walk up Limetree walk there are houses built on the left. Before the estate was built, there were a couple of big ponds in a field. The spring that supplied the ponds was not far below the Lime trees. The lower and larger of the two ponds was great for frogs and newts back in the day. We also had rope swing that went out over the pond. I no longer live in the area, but visit on occasions as I do have some very happy memories playing on the fields. Yes, those were the days.

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