The house dates back to the 17th century and was bought by a Thomas Foley in 1655. The Foley's were Ironmasters and made a fortune in nails during the Civil War.
I was taking to one of the guides and apparently one the Foley's invented a nail making machine and that was what made his fortune.
In 1833 the house was sold to to the trustees of William Humble, Lord Ward, in order to clear debts.
William Humble later became the 1st Earl of Dudley and the house stayed with the Dudley's until the 1920 when the estate was sold in lots. The house along with 800 acres was sold to Sir Herbert Smith, a carpet manufacturer from Kidderminister, he had electricity installed and reduced the number of staff. Sadly in 1937 a fire broke out in the east wing and although the west wing was untouched Sir Herbert decided to sell up, the house was stripped and left to decay.
Fortunately for us in 1972 the Government rescued it and it is now in the care of English Heritage and is there for all of us to enjoy. The grounds are beautiful with woodland walks and plenty of places to picnic and the Perseus and Andromeda Fountain is one of the best fountains I've ever seen. Every hour a canon like sound goes off and the fountain is fired up, it's wonderful! Imagine when the house was at it's best and looking down the gardens to that fountain, it must have been a sight to see!
Still is a site to see, but you know what I mean.
I spent all afternoon there and still didn't see everything so I will definitely be going back again, It's was only a thirty minutes drive but was a whole world away.
Of course it had a very nice tea garden and It would have been rude not to partake
If you follow THIS link you can read all about the house and it tells it so much better than I could, I hope you do, it's very interesting.
(I have included a little video of the fountain, but have no idea if it will work once I click publish)