20 Aug 2015
We are pleased to announce that on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September Anchor will be opening the doors of West Hall, our flagship care home in West Byfleet, Surrey, to the public, as part of the 2015 Heritage Open Day, England’s largest heritage festival.
West Hall, an historic 18th Century Manor, was built in 1794 by Robert Sparkes and has been passed down through a number of owners over the years. The most notable owner was Fredrick Cornelius Stoop, whose sons went on to be England rugby internationals; the Stoop Rugby Ground in Twickenham is named after them and Adrian Stoop, the eldest son, has been described as a “father of modern rugby.” The Manor was also the birthplace to a new type of apple, the Byfleet Seedling, in 1915, it was then bought by a Swiss Bank in 1939, before being used as a hostel for land army girls during the Second World War. The estate was bought by Anchor in 2008.
Located in West Byfleet on the River Wey, West Hall boasts stunning surroundings, expansive landscaped gardens and wonderful views, as well as being home to Britain’s oldest plane tree. Within the Manor House there is a library, a traditional panelled private dining room, a homely lounge, a hair and beauty salon, and the Bistro - West Hall’s main dining area - which has been beautifully restored to provide a magnificent setting for mealtimes.
Heritage Open Days is a heritage festival that celebrates Britain’s history, culture and architecture by opening private, hidden and restricted places, from police cells to country homes, to the general public. Over 40,000 volunteers take part in organising thousands of site openings and the programme is managed by the National Trust and funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery and Historic England. Heritage Open Days aim to stimulate the public’s curiosity in Britain’s history and celebrate the cultural makeup by allowing people to engage with the past and present through tours, workshops and site visits.
West Hall will be opening its doors in such a way in September, providing walking tours of the property as well as hosting the Byfleet Heritage Society to showcase their work at the event too.