22nd Oct, 2017

Book reveals hall's eminent connections

Rob George 11th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A COUNTY author has taken the wraps of his latest release which discovers more about the history of Dumbleton Hall.

John Hodges, who delved into the rich history of Evesham’s Wood Norton Hotel last year has now turned his attention to another of the Vale’s historic venues.

The history of Dumbleton Hall is a fascinating cameo of English history as the first hall, owned by the Cocks family was actually demolished around 1780.

In 1830 the agriculturist Edward Holland employed GS Repton to build the present hall.

Edward’s cousin was the novelist Katherine Gaskell, and he knew the likes of Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and the Wedgwood family.

It’s believed Edward’s 14 children played in the grounds of the historic site.

The Eyres Monsell era began in 1881 and amongst others the Mitford’s, John Betjeman and the German Ambassador Ribbentrop were invited to stay at Dumbleton.

From 1996, Dumbleton Hall was owned by the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance and is presently run by the Classic Hotel Chain.

John told the Observer: “It’s a wonderful venue for weddings and some views of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside which surrounds it.

“It was an entralling experience writing the book and uncovering more of the rich history of a fascinating venue.”

Call John on 07970 770144 or e-mail richardjhodges79@gmail.com for more information on ordering a copy of the book.

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