Beaudesert Hall

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Date:1900 - 1909 (c.)

Description:This view of Beaudesert Hall is taken from a glass negative looking from the southwest and shows the rear of the Hall with several glass houses and a part of the gardens.

From around 1909 to 1912 many alterations were made to the Hall and by 1919 the glass houses had been removed along with the glass lantern (still visible in this view) above the great hall and the cupola above the east front entrance. By 1919 a new south wing had been built (where the glass houses had stood) which included a large dining room with two open fireplaces, a flower room and on the upper floors were several bedrooms, bathrooms and a housemaid’s closet.

Beaudesert Hall was the mansion of the Pagets, Marquesses of Anglesey. Its core was medieval, with later alterations. James Wyatt and Joseph Potter remodelled the interiors of the original Elizabethan House, built by Lord Paget, in a Regency Gothic style early in the 19th century. A century later, this was out of fashion and following a small fire, Beaudesert was completely remodelled by the 6th Marquess of Anglesey during 1909-1912. Lord Anglesey called in Captain Harry Lindsay to replace the Regency work with a series of rooms intended to represent different periods.

In 1920 two years after the First World War, Lord Anglesey decided that he could not afford to maintain both Beaudesert and Plas Newydd (on Anglesey). Plas Newydd became the family home and principal seat and many of the paintings and much of the furniture were moved to Plas Newydd, with surplus furniture and furnishings sold by auction around 1921. Beaudesert was put up for sale in 1924 and when no purchaser was found it was finally demolished around 1935. Many of the bricks with which Beaudesert was faced were used to replace the bricks polluted by coal smoke at St James’s Palace in London; they were of the similar date as those they replaced. The main staircase, known as the Waterloo staircase, doors, windows and much interior panelling were shipped to Australia and can be seen at a house called Carrick Hill, near Adelaide.

Beaudesert Park is an area of historic parkland, within which are the ruins of Beaudesert Hall, a walled kitchen garden, remains of a stable block, an ice house, ponds and cascades. The parkland is located on the eastern edge of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and comprises part of the country estate owned by generations of the Paget family between 1546 and 1935. The Beaudesert Trust own and manage Beaudesert Park and welcomes Youth organisations, such as Scouts and Guides, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Youth Clubs and Schools, Colleges and University groups. Beaudesert Park is used for various outdoor activities and educational experiences.