Heritage Information Event held at Compton Hall

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An information afternoon was held at a Grade II Listed Building in Wolverhampton for visitors to find out more about its history.

The event was held at Compton Hall, home to Compton Care, as part of a heritage project which has been led by one of the charity’s former trustees Carolyn Cundy.

A total of seven heritage information boards were presented to Compton Care to display in its on-site coffee shop detailing the history of Compton Hall and Laurence W Hodson who once owned it, as well as its William Morris interior and the collection of art it once housed.

Mrs Cundy said: “Former trustee Jerry Hobbs started researching Compton Hall in 2013 and discovered that it used to be lived in by Laurence W. Hodson, an avid collector of art, fine crafts and books who then sold much of his collection and the Hall in 1906.

“On becoming Compton’s Heritage Champion in 2017, I was keen to continue this research and after almost two years I am delighted that we have produced a series of heritage information boards which detail the history of Compton Hall, as well as a record of our research to be presented to Compton Care and to Wolverhampton City Archives.

“The boards provide information and interest to those connected with Compton Care, to the wider community around Wolverhampton, and to those whose interests lie in this period of artists and craftsmen, in William Morris and the Morris & Co. designed interior of Compton Hall.”

The project was taken on by The Arts Society Wolverhampton which has helped with the research, recorded and photographed the interior of Compton Hall, and contributed to its funding with help from The Arts Society Wrekin.

Laurence W Hodson inherited Compton Hall from his father William Hodson in 1895 as well as his father’s interest in the Springfield Brewery, W. Butler & Sons, becoming its chairman in 1893.

William Morris visited Compton Hall in 1894 and Morris & Co redesigned the interior for Laurence W Hodson including designing a wallpaper called ‘Compton.’ A scaled down version of the original design is available today and formed part of the new decoration scheme for the coffee shop in the lodge at Compton Care.

As part of the Morris & Co interior, Hodson commissioned the second of only three sets ever woven of the Edward Burne-Jones Holy Grail tapestries to hang on the walls of the drawing room – these very tapestries now form part of the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery collection.

The Hodson collection has now scattered far and wide. The research is ongoing by Mrs Cundy and The Wolverhampton Arts Society.

The Compton Hall heritage information boards will remain on display in the Compton Care Coffee shop which is open to the public.

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