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Northycote Farm played important part in our history

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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IT was nice to see Northycote Farm featured in The Bugle (July 10 edition).

Situated in Underhill Lane, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, the name is derived from the Underhill family who were in residence there in the 1600's

When Charles II was on the run having lost the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, he escaped and ended up at Boscobel, where he hid in the oak tree.

Boscobel became risky and it was realised that Charles would have to move on and his supporters had gone ahead to find a suitable hiding place and Mrs Underhill was asked if she could accommodate a weary traveller (she was not aware it was Charles II) but she declined and suggested the Mr Whitgreave at Moseley Old Hall might be suitable, it was only about a mile away.

Charles II hid at Moseley Old Hall for two days before moving again to Bentley Hall and eventually, with the help of Jane Lane of Bentley Hall, escaped to the continent.

Moseley Old Hall is a National Trust property and there are frequent guided tours of the house where I have been a volunteer tour guide for more than 20 years and it has a fascinating story to tell

Northycote Farm and Moseley Old Hall are good examples of the history of our area which quite often, but just as important, are overpowered by the industrial heritage.

For admission prices and opening times go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/moseleyoldhall

Malcolm Astley,

Wolverhampton.

m.astley@btinternet.com

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