HOTEL HISTORY

The hotel was built in 1470 as a guest residence for the monks of nearby Evesham Abbey, probably in the time when Richard Hawkesbury was Abbot (1467-77). Colourful stained glass shields record the influential families with whom Salford Hall’s owners were related. The Hygforde Room carries the shield of Sir John Hygforde with its three golden stags’ heads.

The Arden Room displays the arms and distinctive boar crest of one of the noblest and most ancient families of England. The Ardens traced their lineage back to Alwyn, Earl of Warwick in the reign of Edward the Confessor (r.1042-1066). Shakespeare’s mother was of course Mary Arden, from a branch of the same family.

Exploring the historic building is an adventure. Quaint black and white corridors, like the stage set for a medieval film, lead unexpectedly to small hideaway lounges, one with a secret priest-hole.  And in the windows, ancient stained glass glows with heraldic coats of arms recalling the colourful Tudor age. The reception displays the original bell from 1470 which was stolen in the last century and bought back by a previous owner. It's an amazing feature.

Last century, a 17th century wall mural was uncovered and has been restored for enjoyment of visitors to Salford Hall. 

The courtyard has been enclosed as a perfect location for coffee, snacks and drinks receptions and displays the original water fountain from the abbey. 

The Hawkesbury private dining and meeting room was once the kitchen of the old abbot’s building, still displaying the original hooks for hanging sides of bacon from the central oak beam. 

The shield of Elizabethan owner John Alderford, with his motto “Moderata Durant” (Moderate things endure), figures prominently in the ‘new ‘ wing he added in 1602.

The bedrooms, updated for today’s comfort, feature many original characteristics, oak beams and mullioned windows and fireplaces. All bedrooms are named after individuals historically connected with the hotel.

The Tragic Legend of Salford Hall is a tale written in the 18th century and tells the story of two daughters with a great insight into life at this time.