A Brief History

Hampton-in-Arden has been a settlement since Saxon time and is recorded as Hamtone in the Domesday Book of 1086.  As well as being an important settlement in the original Forest of Arden, Hampton was on the salt route from Droitwich to Coventry and beyond and the medieval Packhorse Bridge (an Ancient Monument) still stands as a reminder of the important river crossing.  The George Fentham Trust has had a major impact upon the village.  The charitable trust has resulted in the construction of a number of buildings of importance.  A further influence was Sir Frederick Peel, son of Sir Robert Peel, who inherited the Hampton Manor Estate on the death of his father in 1850.  He built the present Manor House in 1855 (a Grade II listed building) and employed a well known architect W. Eden Nesfield, to design the Manor Clock Tower (a Grade II* listed building) and a number of village houses (including a number of cottages in the High Street).

Within the Parish is Diddington Hall, a Grade II* listed building, built in Elizabethan times circa 1580.  This is currently the home of The Island Project, a school for autistic children.

In 1968 the central part of Hampton-in-Arden was designated a Conservation Area.  The Conservation Area Appraisal has been produced by Solihull MBC as part of this process. This appraisal identifies key positive characteristics of the Hampton-in-Arden Conservation Area and makes a number of recommendations to help enhance the historic features of the village and, where possible, to further protect the character of the village.

The Conservation Area is considered by many residents to be crucial in defining the character of the village.  A number of buildings within the village are listed and many are important historically and architecturally.  These include Hampton Manor, Beech House, Moat House and Fentham Hall.  The Consultation Survey confirmed that residents also consider the High Street, the Church, the White Lion Inn public house, the war memorial and the library of importance to the historic environment of the Parish.

There are three Scheduled Ancient Monuments present within the Parish:

  • the Packhorse Bridge;
  • the moated site at Moat House in Hampton in Arden; and,
  • the Churchyard cross in St Mary and St Bartholomew’s churchyard