Our story

Set on the edge of the Cannock Chase countryside lies Armitage Park, the history of which can be traced back to 1270 when local gentry used the land for hunting. In 1337 Simon de Rugeley commissioned the construction on Hawkesyard Hall but by 1660 the hall lay in ruins. It wasn't until 1759, when the estate was purchased by Nathaniel Lister, that the hall really took shape. Lister, a poet, author and founder of the Census, had married Martha Fletcher, a Lichfield heiress, and they rebuilt the Hall in its present location.

Mary Spode, widow of Josiah Spode III, bought the Estate in 1839 for her 6 year old son Josiah IV, great-grandson of Josiah Spode and the Hall was much altered and extended. The intricate cast iron Orangery was added, along with the beautiful manicured gardens, statues and other outer buildings. Six underground tunnels were constructed to allow the Estate workers to move quickly around the locality, two of which led to Lichfield and Armitage. During the Spode occupancy the Hall was known as Spode House and Josiah went on to be appointed High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1850.

On Spode's death in 1893 the Estate was entrusted to his niece, Helen Gulson, who had a vision of the 'the Lord in all his glory' in the gardens of the Hall. The vision led to the building of the church at Hawkesyard and the alter was placed on the very spot where the apparition took place. Helen Gulson left the Hall, Church and grounds to the Dominican order in 1894 and moved into the Gulson House on the Estate.

In 1898 the Order built a new priory within the grounds, which was occupied by nuns until the early 20th century. The convent was changed to a monastery and the monks ran a boarding school for young aspiring Dominican students and a theological training centre.

When the Dominicans left the Estate in 1988 the Hall fell into a state of disrepair and was boarded up. In 1999 the Hall was purchased by Relaine Estates Limited who were determined to return the building and the Estate to its former glory. The Company decided to use the original name of Hawkesyard and set about the restoration of the building, partly by using photographs from Shugbrough Hall's collection. The transformation of the Hall and outer buildings was completed in 2007.

With Hawkesyard Estate again unified, it is the perfect venue for weddings, conferences and events.

Contact us today to set up an event at Hawkesyard Estate 01543 491 911



Hawkesyard Estate will do everything possible to accommodate all of your individual requirements for your perfect day. Allowing you to enjoy your celebrations free from stress.


Hawkesyard Estate is situated in private grounds with beautiful landscaped gardens. You will not be overlooked - giving you the freedom to enjoy your day however you wish. 


Hawkesyard Estate boasts a grade II listed building with plenty of rooms to accommodate your requirements whether for use as a function room for a corporate event, conferences, or your dream wedding. 


Hawkesyard Estate can offer exclusive use of our estate and surrounding grounds for your special event. Speak to one of our team today to discuss your requirements, we are always happy to help!


Hawkesyard Estate have a wealth of happy customers and returning visitors to the estate for functions including Charity Dinners, Wedding Fayres, Christmas bookings, Conferences and Weddings.


When it comes to costs, Hawkesyard Estates will always try and work to your budget, and we will not charge separately for each individual service we offer. Their are no hidden costs, so you can enjoy your day or evening at Hawkesyard Estate.

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