Bantock House Wolverhampton

23Sep2017

Bantock House was built in the 1730s as New Merridale Farm. It was extended and improved during occupancy by Thomas Herrick at beginning of the 19th century and renamed Merridale House. The house had several tenants but around 1864 was bought by Thomas Bantock, a canal and railway agent. His son Albert Baldwin Bantock, who was twice Mayor of Wolverhampton and also High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1920, further improved the property following his father's death in 1896. On his own death, without children, in 1938 he bequeathed the house and park to the Wolverhampton Corporation. The house was renamed in his honour in 1940. Bantock House was taken over by the military in 1939 and then opened as a museum in 1948. The museum contained a good display of dolls and a very important collection of japanned and enamel ware. Little is known of the role the house played in World War I but local residents were Civil Defence Officers involved in communications. In World War II the house was used as a Home Guard communications hub with links to the code breakers at Bletchley Park.

From 9pm until 2am

£ 30

The house today is open to the public as Bantock House Museum and explores the history of Wolverhampton and its people in the period settings of the former Bantock family home. Staff at the museum have reported hearing marbles rolling across the upper floors after closing time while others have had the feeling of being watched while walking though the many oak panelled rooms. There is no public access after closing so this is a unique opportunity to investigate and discover what paranormal secrets exist as you join the crew as ‘They Talk.. We Listen…’ at Bantock House.

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