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History

First records of Moor Hall date back to the 15th century when it was owned by a Roger Harwell.

Bishop Vesey then rebuilt it in 1527 and lived at Moor Hall supported by a retinue of 140 servants. He frequently entertained Henry VIII, which is why, it is thought, Sutton Coldfield was awarded its royal charter.

Moving on a few centuries, the present Moor Hall was built by Colonel Edward Ansell of Ansell Brewery fame as his private residence in 1905. All of the wood carvings and stone work were created on site, and architects from all over the country came to admire the workmanship.

The fireplace in the lounge bar has MCMV(1905) carved in the mantel; look just above at the stained glass window and you will see 1906 - so building work was no speedier in those days!

You can take a look at the original 1911 census form on the right.

In 1930 Edward Ansell auctioned his home and it was bought by the Streather family, who opened it as a private hotel for the first time. It was said to be the sort of place where "aged, retired gentlemen sat most of the day buried in the Times and scowling at the slightest movement or noise from their fellows".

It was 1961 when Michael Webb bought the property and gradually developed the 17 bedroom guesthouse into a 4 star hotel with 83 bedrooms, 6 conference rooms, 2 restaurants and leisure centre and spa.

The Webb family were very proud to have celebrated their 50th year of ownership of Moor Hall in 2011.

Of course, things have changed dramatically over the last five decades. From the humble beginnings of 17 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 1961, Moor Hall has developed to its present complex of 83 bedrooms, 6 conference rooms and a leisure centre. The heady days of the 60s with discos and flower power parties gave way in the 70s to sensible development of bedrooms with conference facilities. Then the 80s saw a further increase in the bedroom stock and more conference rooms, followed in the 90s by the creation of a leisure centre. The new millennium brought 4 stars and more recently a concentration on improving our carbon footprint and becoming a more environmentally friendly business.

To find out how Moor Hall has developed over the last 50 years please click below to view our timeline pages.

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1960s

During the 1960s Moor Hall rocked to the sounds of the swinging sixties every night of the week in the original Charter room.

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1970s

The 70s saw the stables converted to an extra 31 bedrooms and the popular Cellar Bar opened.

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1980s

Jake's Winer Diner (now the Country Kitchen) and the Tony Ford Fitness Centre opened and 24 Executive rooms were added.

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1990s

The Fitness Club moved to the ground floor and was opened by Graham Taylor, the then Manager of the England football team.

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2000s

Moor Hall became the 1st Best Western hotel to gain Premier status and the new Leisure Centre, as it is now, was completed.

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2010s

In 2011 we celebrated 50 years of ownership by the Webb family and in 2015 the Oak Room restaurant was awarded 2 prestigious AA Rosettes for fine dining.

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1911 Census Form