Batchwood Hall

Batchwood Hall is a manor house in St Albans, Hertfordshire

Batchwood Hall


The house was designed in the Queen Anne style and built for Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe in 1874.[1] It contains the prototype of the Great Clock in the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster.[2] The site was acquired by St Albans Council in 1935 when John Henry Taylor was commissioned to design and establish an 18-hole golf course in the grounds.[3] The house became an event venue in the 1970s.[4] An arson attack resulted in the complete destruction of the Batchwood Tennis and Golf Centre in August 2011.[5] It has been operating as a vaccination centre, organised by a consortium of local GPs, during the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]


  1. ^ "Batchwood Hall". St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological History Society. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  2. ^ "About Batchwood Hall". Batchwood Hall Golf Club. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Club History". Batchwood Hall Golf Club. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Club Batchwood: the spooky past behind St Albans favourite nightclub". Hertfordshire Advertiser. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Four arrested on suspicion of arson following St Albans sports centre fire". Hertfordshire Advertiser. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Matt Hancock praises Batchwood Hall Covid vaccination centre". St Albans Review. 14 February 2021. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

Coordinates: 51°45′59″N 0°21′19″W / 51.76636°N 0.35520°W / 51.76636; -0.35520