Stourton Hall

Stourton Hall is a large mansion in Kinver, west of Stourbridge. It is given as the residence of Walter Showell, the brewer, in the 1901 census. He died at the property shortly afterwards on 31 Jul 1901. 

Stourton Hall in 1908 (In the car are Jim Mathews and his father Randle Mathews)

Stourton Hall in 1908 (In the car are Jim Mathews and his father Randle Mathews)

It would appear that the property soon after became the residence of Walter Showell’s son-in-law’s half brother Thomas Lee Downing. He lived there with his wife Ida Downing until the couple retired to Llandudno around 1930. They also owned a substantial amount of the surrounding land. In the 1911 census it shows that the house has seventeen rooms and five servants

This is the only photo of the property from the family albums and shows the neighbours Jim Mathews and his father Randle Mathews outside the Hall, dated Xmas 1908. The building evidently still stands as witness the aerial view below in google maps.

Stourton Hall