Bantock House Museum and Park

Bantock House Museum and Park
Bantock House Museum and Park
Established 1938
Location Finchfield, Wolverhampton
Type Local history

Bantock House Museum and Park, is a museum of Edwardian life and local history, with 48 acres (190,000 m2) of surrounding parkland in Wolverhampton, England. It is named after Alderman Baldwin and Kitty Bantock who once lived there.[1] It is run by Wolverhampton City Council's Arts and Museums service.



The house was built in the 1730s as New Merridale Farm. It was extended and improved during occupancy by Thomas Herrick about the beginning of the 19th century and renamed Merridale House.[1] The house had several tenants but in about 1864 was bought by Thomas Bantock, a canal and railway agent. His son Albert Baldwin Bantock, who was twice Mayor of Wolverhampton and also High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1920, further improved the property following his father's death in 1896. On his own death, without children, in 1938 he bequeathed the house and park to Wolverhampton Corporation. The house was renamed in his honour in 1940. It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

Bantock House

The Billiards room, upstairs in Bantock House

Bantock House contains displays exploring the lives of the Bantock family and other locally important people. On the ground floor, there are displays about the Bantock family and the way they lived. Upstairs, the focus shifts to the men and women who shaped Wolverhampton and the industries they created with displays featuring locally-made enamels, steel jewellery and japanned ware. The museum is unusual in that it avoids for the most part the use of traditional 'glass case' displays, and instead presents a 'more informal and imaginative setting'; visitors are, for example, encouraged to sit on any furniture they can find.[1]

Bantock House Gardens

Dutch Garden in Bantock Park.
Rose Garden in Bantock Park.

The gardens that surround the house were designed by Albert Baldwin Bantock and in 1998 were restored to his original designs by Wolverhampton City Council, allowing visitors today to see the different spaces Baldwin created.[1] At the back of the house there is a sunken garden called the Dutch Garden. There is also a rose garden, with an array of roses with names such as Blythe Spirit, Chapeau de Napoleon and Glamis Castle, colourful flower borders in the house garden and a woodland garden which now forms part of a nature trail around the park.

Bantock Park

Bantock Park has 48 acres (190,000 m2) of land and includes a play area for children, a small, 18 hole golf course, a putting green, and football fields.

Highland cattle were bred by the Bantock family and are believed to have roamed the grounds of the park up until around the 1930s. To recreate the presence of the cows, local craftsman Neil Watson was commissioned to create a cow sculpture, which can now be seen at the front of the house.


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Coordinates: 52°34′48″N 2°09′15″W / 52.579988°N 2.154066°W / 52.579988; -2.154066

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