Arbury Hall

Arbury, Warwickshire

Georgian Gothic house set in extensive parkland.

Arbury Hall, Warwickshire

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  • Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
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Arbury Hall has been the seat of the Newdegate family for over 450 years and is the ancestral home of Viscount Daventry.

This Tudor/Elizabethan House was Gothicised by Sir Roger Newdegate in the 18th Century and is regarded as the ‘Gothic Gem’ of the Midlands.

The principal rooms, with their soaring fan vaulted ceilings, plunging pendants and filigree tracery, stand as a most breathtaking and complete example of early Gothic Revival architecture and provide a unique and fascinating venue for corporate entertaining, product launches, fashion shoots and activity days.

Exclusive use of this historic Hall, its gardens and parkland is offered to clients. The hall stands in the middle of beautiful parkland with landscaped gardens of rolling lawns, lakes and winding wooded walks.

Spring flowers are profuse and in June rhododendrons, azaleas and giant wisteria provide a beautiful environment for the visitors. George Eliot, the novelist, was born on the estate and Arbury Hall and Sir Roger Newdegate were immortalised in her book ‘Scenes of a Clerical Life’.

Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot, was born in 1819 at South Farm on the Arbury Estate, where her father was for many years the agent.

Several of her novels have as their setting, the Warwickshire countryside that she had known in her youth, in particular the Scenes of Clerical Life, which were first published in 1857.

Cheveral Manor, which figures so prominently in this series of novels, is Arbury, and Sir Christopher Cheverel, its benevolent and cultivated owner, is Sir Roger Newdigate.  In Mr Gilfil’s Love-Story George Eliot describes how Cheverel Manor was growing from ugliness into beauty at the hands of Sir Christopher and this story is derived entirely from Sir Roger Newdigate’s transformation of Arbury from an Elizabethan house into a Gothick one in the second half of the eighteenth century, an operation which was still sufficiently alive in the minds of those who witnessed it.

George Eliot was writing in the middle of Queen Victoria’s reign, when the protracted struggle between the Classical and the Gothick schools of architecture  “the Battle of the Styles”  was as good as won by the Gothick supporters.

But the Victorian era is now sufficiently distant for its products to arouse interest and even admiration, and Arbury, as an outstanding example of the Gothick Revival style from which so much Victorian architecture stemmed, is a document of particular importance.

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