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History

Hadley Park House Hotel was purchased by its current owners Mark Lewis and Geraldine Lewis in 2003, who over the years, have lovingly restored and invested in the property. The hotel is still full of character retaining many original features of the 18th Century Grade 2 Georgian house; from the wide wooden staircase, large sash windows and oak panelled lounge. The charming exterior and attractive interior features make Hadley Park House a charming, relaxing venue to while away time over afternoon tea, cocktails on the terrace or as a host venue for special occasions, weddings and even school proms! A sympathetic extension to the original house was officially opened in 2010 by Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham and incorporates the West Wing bedrooms and popular function room, The Mulliner Suite.

Although we know that the hotel is Georgian, it’s hard to identify exactly when Hadley Park House was built. The very first edition of The Shrewsbury Chronicle (published 23 November 1772) contained an announcement about the sale of Hadley Park Farm due to take place early 1773. Sadly, details of the actual sale have not survived but it is thought that this may have been the trigger for the new owner to build Hadley Park House on the estate.

The hotel has had many owners and gatekeepers in its time including landowners and, unsurprisingly due to its location near to Ironbridge (the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution), both ironmasters and engineers. The Mulliner family owned Hadley Park House and estate for nearly 40 years, from 1903 to 1941 when it was then sold to Joseph Sankey & Son Ltd. Joseph Sankey & Son became part of the GKN group, with the Directors of GKN Sankey (as it was then known) staying at the house as it was a mere few hundred yards from their offices.

Then a Japanese businessman became so enamoured with the property that he bought it to refuge Japanese visitors!

More information about the fascinating house history is available to download here (3.6MB)

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