Friday, June 6, 2008

Hillfield Hall

On Thursday May 29th, we drove from Cardiff, Wales, to Solihull, England (a southeastern suburb of Birmingham). The timing was very appropriate, because it was Dave's mom's birthday, and the reason we went to Solihull was to track down a home of her ancestors. Hillfield Hall was built for William and Ursula Hawes in 1576. It remained in the family until the 1660s, at which time it was owned first by the Feildings, and later by the Greswolds.

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More recently, it became a nightclub (1964) and then a restaurant (1974), and now it has been converted into apartments. The main house was divided into 3 units with a total asking price of 2 million pounds (4 million dollars). To the left, with a side entrance, is The Tower.

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In the middle is The Manor, and to the right is The Hall. Above the main doorway remains the Latin inscription Hic Hospites in Caelo Cives (Here we are guests, in Heaven citizens), along with the initials of William and Ursula Hawes, and 1576.

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Perpendicular to the main house, these existing buildings were also converted into 3 residences. Back when the house was a restaurant, at least some of this property was a bar called The Stable, so you can probably guess its original use....

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New housing was built on the rest of the land, for a grand total of 19 units. It would be fun to live there now, but it would be even more exciting to go back in time and see Hillfield Hall in 1576!

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the information on Hillfield Hall. I had been searching to discover the current use of the property without luck until I found your site. My Father, Steve Hawes, visited Hillfield Hall years ago when it was a restaurant. I would like to visit as well, and knowing the current use of the Hall will help in planning a trip. I have some information on the Hawes family in the US which I will be happy to share with anyone that has an interest. Conversely, if anyone who reads this posting has information on the Hawes family in England, I would apprecitate your sharing it with me. Regards, Ed Hawes, Charlotte, NC

Anne Pratt Slatin said...

Ed, I am a descendant of Edmund Hawes, as well. I live in upstate NY, amd would be pleased to share information with you. The photographs you posted were superb! Thank you!

Anne Pratt Slatin
78 Main St.
Stamford, NY 12167
plimothplantation2003@yahoo.com

Sarah Hernandez said...

I am a direct descendant of Richard and Ann Hawes and would love to share information! I can be reached at sweetness1969@comcast.net

Sarah Hawes-Hernandez

Sarah Hernandez said...

I am a direct descendant of Richard and Ann Hawes and would love to share information! I can be reached at sweetness1969@comcast.net

Sarah Hawes-Hernandez

Sarah Hernandez said...

I am a direct descendant of Richard and Ann Hawes and would love to share information! I can be reached at sweetness1969@comcast.net

Sarah Hawes-Hernandez

Anonymous said...

I am a descendant of Edmund Hawes and live in Southern California. I will be visiting England in August 2015 and I am so pleased to have found this blog. Hopefully I can extend my vacation and visit Hillfield Hall. Would have loved to view the interior but just seeing it will be a treat.
LynnHaws54@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Just discovered that my great great grandfather's sister worked as a servant at Hillfield Hall in the 1850s or 60s. Her name was Hannah Nicholls, she was born in 1830, and she came from a village near Stoke Prior. I'm really thrilled to be able to find photos of the hall! Must visit one day, from here in Australia.