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Hornton Grange: back at last

If you know Edgbaston well, you’ll doubtless remember Hornton Grange. A striking red-brick building surrounded by gardens, its been through many guises over the years: from family home to wedding venue.

With just a few short weeks until it fully reopens as part of Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, take a look back at its history.

Hornton Grange, now restored and refurbished.

Grand homes for grand families

Both Garth House and Hornton Grange joined the millionaire’s row of Edgbaston Park Road at the peak of its prestige as a residential area, either side of the First World War.

They were the last of the great private houses to be built along Edgbaston Park Road by leading symbols of Birmingham’s business community, and their owners were determined to match the standards which had been set by houses like Meadowcroft and Winterbourne.

It was built in 1928 for Albert Morton Patrick, a life assurance inspector who moved from King’s Heath, but who stayed only five years. The house was grand and spacious, boasting in 1933 sale notices in The Times and Country Life seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, two maids’ rooms, four reception rooms and a billiard-room. In the grounds stood a 25-foot square garage with chauffeur’s quarters, a gardener’s lodge house, an orchard, rose garden and tennis courts. Naturally there was central heating and (still a novelty in the 1920s) electricity throughout. Six staff and their families were permanently on site.

Country Life advert, 1933

It was home to two more prominent business families until 1969, and shortly after was bought by the University, as part of the broad campus expansion of the 1960s and 70s.

University life

Hornton Grange became the home of the Careers Service for nearly twenty years from 1973. The architecture, fixtures and fittings remained almost unaltered. As a result, staff conducted long practice interviews in spacious oak-panelled rooms on comfortable easy chairs whilst squirrels watched from the windowsills.

However, Hornton Grange was never designed as a careers centre, and it proved increasingly impractical. The kitchen had to double as a photocopying room; the large bedroom upstairs was used to show videos, run workshops and host introductory talks to groups of undergraduates; and the garage and chauffeur’s accommodation had been given over from the start to the Institute for Public Health as a laboratory.

As student numbers grew it became impossible to conduct interviews with employers. Hornton Grange reverted to its original role, offering hospitality and accommodation – now to guests and visitors to the University.

Hornton Grange before its refurbishment, showing the old conservatory.

Starting anew

After a period of closure, Hornton Grange is at last returning to that role in grand style, as a boutique addition to Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre.

Six impeccable deluxe bedrooms offer luxury and charm, with bespoke furniture and botanical touches to the décor. The house now also boasts a stunning extension: the Lloyd Room, named for the pioneering obstetrician Dame Hilda Lloyd. Framing the lawn, its striking skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows make it a dramatic setting for for large meetings, conferences, celebrations and weddings.

One potential wedding table setting in the Lloyd Room, Hornton Grange.

Curious? View the wedding brochure, find out about conferences and meetings, or book a room.

13 comments on “Hornton Grange: back at last

    • Steven Bister on

      Hi Ann,

      We won’t be offering Sunday lunches at Hornton Grange just yet but we have recently opened a fantastic new Steakhouse, Bar and Grill located in Edgbaston Park Hotel. Drop by the bar for a variety of lunch options or visit the restaurant in the evening for some great dinner options.

      Stay tuned for new updates

    • Miruna Stecoza on

      Hello Leah,

      Thank you for your message and great to hear that you are interested in our venue for your son’s christening party in June. Our contact email address is and our phone number is 0121 414 8888 (please select option 2 for Meetings & Events). I have also forwarded your message to our Meetings & Events team, and they will be happy to discuss this with you further. Please let us know if there is any other information we can help you with at this stage.

      Best wishes,
      The Edgbaston Park Hotel team

  1. Matt on


    Looking for a venue for a wedding reception only.

    About 100 people in the evening, and maybe a BBQ in the afternoon for about 40.

    Would you be able too help?

    • Miruna Stecoza on

      Hello Matt,

      Thank you for getting in touch and apologies for the late reply. Our Meetings & Events Team would be happy to assist with your enquiry. They can be contacted on or 0121 414 8888 (please select option 2 for Meetings & Events).

      Best wishes,
      The Edgbaston Park Hotel team

  2. Sandy Sandhu on


    I’m planning to get married next year, a little undecided on the month but thinking end or August or early autumn, around 350 guest. Just had a few questions such as, what caters do you hold? Have you got any availability? And what’s included within packages?

    Thank you,

  3. Jo Neville on

    Hello Sandy
    Thanks for your message. Regretfully, our maximum capacity is 250 people, so I’m afraid we are unable to accommodate your enquiry.
    Should your numbers change then please feel free to contact our Sales Team on 0121 414 8888 or
    They will be able to check availability, and chat with you about packages.
    Best wishes,
    The Edgbaston Park Hotel Team

  4. Jennie Stanley on

    My mother celebrates her 90th birthday next year and we are looking for a venue for her to celebrate o. 29. 2. 20 Could you please send any details that you have such as availability, catering information, capacity and accommodation.
    Jennie Stanley

    • Susanna Day on

      Hi Jennie! How lovely for your mother, congratulations to her. The Lloyd Room at Hornton Grange seats 112 banqueting style, 48 for private dining, or up to 150 standing, so it’s a very flexible space. We have other options at the hotel too. Your best option is to give us a call on 0121 414 8888 or drop an email to – then we can talk through dates, prices, menu options and all the little details. Hope to hear from you soon.

      • Jaspreet Sohal on

        Hi there

        I’m looking to book for my sons 1st birthday petty on the 15th Feb 2020 3:00om for 100 people.

        What price would we be looking at for the venue and tables and chairs.

        Can we provide our own catering and alcohol and dj ?

        Thanks in advance.


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