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Harvington Hall

Priests' hideaways & wall paintings

Harvington Hall

This huge red brick manor near Kidderminster is part medieval, part Elizabethan and its priests' hiding places are said to be the finest examples in England. Four of them around the main staircase are characteristic of the work of Nicholas Owen who specialised in the art of building hiding places for priests at a time when to harbour one was to commit treason.

The Hall also has original Elizabethan wall paintings and the moat was once one of a chain of pools constructed in a style popular in The Forest of Arden and Forest of Feckenham in the 13th century. Also see the Malt House Visitor Centre and gardens.

Nearby Brockencote Hall hotel is now part of the Eden Collection of hotels which includes The Arden, Stratford and Arden House, Stratford-upon-Avon,

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Harvington Hall, Harvington, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 4LR

Harvington Hall

Art

Historic Homes & Gardens

Worcester & Around

Text © Alison Plummer

Image by Alison Plummer