Aston Hall - East View. Aston Hall and Park for the People. Inaugurated by Her Majesty as a Hall and Park for the People of Birmingham, Jun 15th, 1858.The subjoined original description of Aston Hall is from the pen of the late James Watt, Esq., the son of the eminent improver of the steam engine, and the occupant of the Hall for many years. The publisher respectfully thank the lady who has kindly copied it from the original in her collection of autographs - and also her brother, through whole intercession it was obtained. "Aston Hall, 11 April, 1834. "Dear Sir, "Enclosed you have copy of the inscription over the door of the hall, which I will presume you will insert in your brief. "To convey some idea of the quality and importance of the building, it may be proper to state that it is one of the most perfect specimens of the mixed style of architecture of Elizabeth and James... "You might state that there was a farm house and buildings in the park during the time of the Holtes and of Mr. Legge, and that part of the park was then enclosed by fences and used as arable ground, nearly to the same extent as now. "I am, dear Sir, "Yours truly, "James Watt." The Hall is proposed to be used for a permanent Exhibition of the Manufactures and Works of Art of the Town and District and the Park for such various Sports as are calculated to promote healthful recreation... but for the present we must refer to the privileges of Shareholders and Donors as advertised by the Company.
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Aston Hall, the Jacobean-style mansion in Aston, Birmingham. It was built by John Thorpe and completed in 1635. It was built for Sir Thomas Holte, and remained in the family until 1817 when it was sold and leased by James Watt. However, in 1858, the house was purchased by a private company for use as a public park and museum.
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