Henry Ward and family at Rodbaston Hall

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Date:1875 - 1880 (c.)

Description:Henry Ward (born 1829), his wife Jane and their family on the steps of Rodbaston Hall. Ironmaster Henry Ward was the owner of the Priestfields Furnaces in Wolverhampton.

His widow Jane died in 1914 and subsequently the estate was sold to Staffordshire County Council. In 1919 the War Agricultural Committee opened an agricultural training depot. In 1921 it became Rodbaston Farm Institute, which was run by the County Council. It was renamed the Staffs College of Agriculture in 1967. In 1994 it became independent and was renamed Rodbaston College. The Hall is now (2015) owned by South Staffordshire College, who have refurbished it as a wedding and conference venue.


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Drawing Room, Rodbaston Hall
Drawing Room, Rodbaston Hall

The late-Victorian Drawing Room of Rodbaston Hall while it was owned by the family ...

Bamfords Triumph potato digger
Bamfords Triumph potato digger

The Triumph Potato Digger, manufactured by Bamfords of Uttoxeter, was an improved ...

Staff and students at Rodbaston College of Agriculture
Staff and students at Rodbaston College of Agriculture

The College Principal at the time of this photograph was Mr H.E. Wells. Rodbaston ...

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Donor ref:P2014.002.0009 (37/27925)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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