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Great Barr Hall is an 18th-century mansion situated on the border with Great Barr and is a Grade II* listed building. It is, however, in a very poor state of repair and is on the Buildings at Risk Register.
In the mid-17th century, Richard Scott acquired the house then standing on the site and known as Nether House and in about 1777 the original house was replaced with a two-storey, nine-bay mansion in the Strawberry Hill Gothic Revival style and this is what is seen today.
Financial problems led the Scott Family (who gave their name to the nearby Scott Arms pub and shopping centre), to lease out the hall from about 1788 to Samuel Galton, and for some years the Hall became a venue for meetings of the Lunar Society. It is said to be the 'favourite place of meeting' of this illustrious body. In 1999, stone memorials to the Lunar Society, the "Moonstones", were erected at the nearby Asda supermarket on Queslett Road.
In 1911, the estate was purchased by a local hospital board and, in 1918, became St Margaret's Mental Hospital. Many detached hospital buildings were erected near the hall, and in the 1980s the grounds became a nature reserve, but the hall itself was abandoned in 1978 and, despite its Grade II* listing, was left to decay. The hospital was finally closed in 2004.
In 2006, Bovis Homes purchased the 40 hectare estate and began the construction of Nether Hall Park a residential housing development.
Since 2011 the hall still in ruins, was offered for sale on a number of occasions but has failed to sell until 2012 when a group of 10 local residents bought it and are currently investigating its possible future use.
The Hall originally had six lodges, or gatehouses but today only three survive: Avenue Lodge, on Chapel Lane, Great Barr; Handsworth Lodge on Queslett Road, Great Barr; and Walsall Lodge (now known as Merrion's Wood Lodge), on Birmingham Road, Walsall.