IN its heyday Witley Court in north Worcestershire was truly a magnificent place, as the accompanying picture painted in 1880 clearly shows. And although a fierce fire completely ruined it in 1937, it has kept its charm as a Grade I listed site under the custodianship of English Heritage.
Mary Skidmore from Wordsley has sent us the following details of a forthcoming meeting. "A hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England's great country houses, hosting many extravagant parties. Today it is a spectacular ruin and soon after the fire on September 27, 1937, the estate was broken up and auctioned off for sale, and with the exception of the beautiful church, the rest fell into disrepair.
"Almost 70 years after the devastating blaze, its ruins are still a spectacular monument to England's great country houses of old, and on Monday May 19 at Wordsley Green Community Centre, there will be an illustrated talk by Ray Sturdy arranged by Wordsley Townswomen's Guild starting at 10am. Entrance fee is £2.50 which includes refreshments, and for further information please contact 01384 288219.
" Witley Court remains an intriguing, absorbing and to some extent mysterious story, and with Ray Sturdy's excellent presentation, the subject is sure to captivate the imagination."