Willersley Castle Hotel

Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

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Willersley Castle History


The construction of Willersley Castle in began in 1790, commissioned by Sir Richard Arkwright, the great industrialist who developed the Water Frame which revolutionised the cotton milling industry in this country and all around the world. In 1791 a fire broke out causing severe damage to part of the interior of the Castle, a major setback in construction. The damage was repaired, but sadly Arkwright died in 1792 before completion of the building. His son, also named Richard, moved into Willersley Castle with his family in 1796 and the family continued to live there until 1922.
 
Many of the original features can still be seen today. The most striking of these is the Well Gallery, an oval gallery with a glass dome situated in the centre of the building, with cantilevered galleries on the first and second floors. An Adams archway leads through the building towards the Well Gallery, whilst the Music Room, Drawing Room and Dining Rooms all contain their original Adams fireplaces.
 
In 1927 a group of Methodist businessmen bought Willersley Castle as a Methodist Guild Holiday Centre, and opened its doors on the 5th May 1928. It became a popular location for young Methodists, with its tennis courts, bowling green, games field and organised excursions in the Peak District proving a real success.
 
During the Second World War the Castle was used as a Maternity Hospital by the Salvation Army, which had relocated from Clapton in the East End of London. Over four thousand babies were born at Willersley between 1940 and 1946.
 
Willersley Castle still is a popular hotel. In addition to providing holidays, Willersley also caters for residential conferences, day conferences, coach parties and group meals.

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Themed Nights at Abbot Hall Hotel & Willersley Castle in 2016

Enjoy great food, great entertainment, and a great night’s sleep on one of our fabulous Themed Evenings.

Enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by themed entertainment, a comfy bed for the night, and a hearty breakfast to start the next day – all for just £39 per person!

16th July: Family Barbecue Night - Abbot Hall Hotel
19th August: Summer Sizzle
11th September: Seafood Evening

10th July: 'Through the Decades' - Willersley Castle Hotel
14th August: Best of Derbyshire
30th October: Sunday Roast
6th November: American Night

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Thank You Doug

At the end of 2015 Doug Emms retired as Hosting Secretary.  The former House Director of Moorlands fulfilled 15 years in office as the Hosting Secretary, as well as undertaking the role on five previous occasions

Answers to the ‘Very Special Celebratory Christian Guild Centenary Quiz’

A very big thank you to everyone who took part in our Centenary Quiz, and who, in the process, supported the important work of the Nigeria Health Care Project.  Congratulations to our winner – Mrs. Audrey Evans of Peterborough – who wins a week’s holiday for two at any of our hotels in 2016. Two runners up received a free weekend break and a free superior room upgrade, and every correct entrant will also receive a £30 discount off the next holiday they book with us.

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