Listing: 1730s with front range of 1820s and alterations of 1890s.
Local listing: gardens and associated parkland surrounding
Plaque: Alderman A. B. Bantock, J.P., 1862-1938. Mayor 1905-6-7 and
1914-15, bequeathed Bantock (Merridale) House to the Citizens of Wolverhampton.
Opened 22nd April 1948. "He lived here and loved this place". [Note that,
technically, Wolverhampton, not then being a city, had no citizens but had
burgesses or townspeople. In 2001 Wolverhampton was designated as a city
and thus caught up with the plaque].
Literature: Bantock House - Building Analysis and Archaeological
Recording. Report by Northamptonshire Archaeology to Wolverhampton MBC, March
Comment: This page contains short notes on the history of the house.
More detailed information can be found in two linked articles by Peter Hickman,
Marion Dance and Gillian Webb:
The History of Bantock House
The People of Bantock House
and the more recent history of the development of the site, and an
account of its present use, are at:
Bantock House and Park: Now and
A short history of the house and park
The house was
apparently built as a farmhouse, then known as New Merridale Farm,
sometime between 1734 and 1788. The earliest parts appear to be what is
now the rear of the house, the barn and the stables. The architect
is not known. The frontage in the picture above may be between 1834 and
1843, remodelled in 1889 and 1902.