16th Jan, 2021

Historians seek memories as they try to uncover Elmdon Manor's past

Sarah Mason 12th Jan, 2021

MEMORIES, stories and first-hand experiences of Elmdon Manor are bring sought to help uncover secrets of the park.

Elmdon Park Support Group are calling on residents to give their recounts about the former house as they try to find out all they can about the park.

Councillor Laura McCarthy, who is also vice chair of the group, is working alongside historians Stephen Carr, Alan John Sherriff, and John Adams on researching the history of the old Elmdon Manor.

The team will be collating memories over the next year from before the hall was demolished and are keen to find out what any new information from residents.

Coun McCarthy tweeted: “I’m going to be trying to collate memories of Elmdon from before the old hall was demolished over the next year and wondered if anyone would be willing to share any stories with me please?

“It can be anything – letters, photographs, or “my Nan told me…””

The Elmdon estate was bought in 1760 by Abraham Spooner, a Birmingham banker.

He started to build Elmdon Hall in 1780 and it was completed in 1795 by his son Isaac.

Isaac’s daughter, Barbara Spooner, married the famous anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce in Hull in 1797, having apparently met him the previous year in Bath.

The Manor was used by the Home Guard during the Second World War and it was demolished in 1956.

If you can help contact Coun McCarthy on laura.mccarthy@solihull.gov.uk

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