History

Discover the history of Eden Hall.

Eden Hall


History

Eden Hall, originally known as Middleton House was built by a firm of London contractors for Robert Middleton, Esq. and was completed in 1875. It was estimated that the total cost of the enterprise was in the region of £30,000.

History

Eden Hall


The Middletons

As a young man, Robert Middleton was a student under the Rev. Henry Leonard Adams, Minister of the Newark Congregational Church, Lombard Street, from 1834 to 1850. The house was named Middleton House and Chapel, for although Robert Middleton had separated from the Newark Baptists in around 1872, he included a chapel with a baptistry in the building. The local newspaper described the building as ‘novel on an extensive scale’ and ‘an object of great interest to the entire district’.

The Middletons

Eden Hall


The Chapel

The chapel occupied almost the whole of the central portion of the building and was entered from the courtyard at the rear of the house. A large pulpit was just inside the entrance, and opposite this was a self-acting organ with gilt pipes, which played up to 30 sacred tunes. There are two galleries. Over 200 people could be accommodated on the ground floor and in the galleries. For baptisms there was an iron tank sunk into the floor. This tank was reached by iron steps.

The Chapel

Eden Hall


Steeped in history

The furniture throughout was of superior quality. Some of the inlaid tables were originally from suites of the late Emperor Napoleon III, who died in Kent in 1873. One of the rooms contained collections of china, which originated in Dresden, Serves and Worcester. At the south end of the house was a large conservatory, which attracted considerable attention. It was 30 foot high and 40 foot square, with a fountain in the centre. A choice selection of tropical plants thrived in it.

Steeped in history

Eden Hall


Westminster chimes

Across the courtyard were found the stables, coach houses, outhouses and a lofty clock tower. The clock had four dials, each 5 foot in diameter, which could be illuminated at night. The hour was struck on a bell weighing 100 cwt, and Westminster chimes rang out every quarter hour on smaller bells. Also in the clock tower was a carillon, which played a different tune for each day of the week, with the tune repeated every three hours.

Westminster chimes

Eden Hall


World War II

The conservatory, which once housed beautiful tropical plants at the south west end of Middleton House, was destroyed during World War II, on the night of 8th December, 1942. The bomb load of a Lancaster bomber was accidentally released during the start of an operational mission. The explosion also damaged windows in East Stoke Church and there were reports of pots being shaken from shelves of houses in the locality. Several casualties were reported among the R.A.F personnel.

World War II

A Message from our CEO

The health and wellbeing of our guests, members and employees is and always has been, at the heart of our business. As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 20th March, it with deep sadness that we have taken the decision to close Eden Hall and Hoar Cross Hall until further notice. Though we genuinely hope to be welcoming you back sooner, rather than later we will closely monitor government updates to ensure we are keeping our team members, customers and members safe.

In these unprecedented times, we have been genuinely touched by the understanding and support shown by our guests, members and staff alike. We thank you for your words and acts of kindness that have given much needed hope and positivity throughout these difficult weeks. Our main priority has always been our loyal customers, especially since temporarily closing the doors of our beautiful venues, putting your experience with us on hold.

If you have an existing booking with us, please don’t worry, we’ll be in touch to help as soon as possible.
If you have one of our gift cards with an expiry date before 30th June 2020, you do not need to do anything, we have automatically extended these until 31st December 2020.

We are also focusing on the wellbeing of our valuable team members, who are currently unable to work due to recent government restrictions. Our employees are a key focus for us at this time, as we hope you understand. Consequently, we are doing all we can to ensure a swift return and to reassure and stabilise their situation in the meantime.

For those of you who may still need to contact us, we have put in place a small dedicated team to respond to all enquiries. Please bear with us if our response isn’t as speedy as normal, we really are trying our best and will contact you as soon as we are able to.

But for now, on behalf of all of us at Barons Eden, I would like to wish you and your family the best health and to stay safe.

André Elshout

Read our full statement here