The above sketch by H R Wilson is of an Early timber framed house. called Quinton Mansion in 1779. Timber covered about 1830 with roughcast, two storeys, two modern casement windows. Tuscan column doorcase with pediment, each side has a gable with castellated parapet and later 19th century splayed bay window to ground storey with modern casements.
Two window wing set back on right-hand side with similar treatment; the main wing to the left retains good exposed ceiling beams in ground storey rooms and 17th century oak panelling to room at right of entrance. House has modern tiles. Alterations and modern additions at rear.
Lowe family lived here and had a coat of arms granted in 1657. The house dates before this date. Thomas Lowe lived in the house until 1767.David Parkes taught here in his youth and did two small paintings of what he called “The Ancient Mansion”. Near The Quintain in The Parish of Hale Owen. Date of one painting 1779 when David Parkes was 16 years old. In the same year he did one of Harbourne Church. Both are his earliest works I can find.
Joseph Moore taught mathematics here until 1809.Mrs. Harcourt established a “Seminary for Young Ladies” in 1849 which was school in “Green Hill House” Instruction was in Writing, Arithmetic, Grammar, Geography, History, Drawing, French, German, Italian, Music, and Singing with the usual branches of a useful Education. Pupils under 12 years of age 25 guineas per annum for board and instruction.
Pupils above that age 30 guineas per annum for board and instruction. A filled in oven, grindstone and other farm yard things I have seen on my visits to the house, and I have done a number of prints and watercolours of Greenhill house. At one time I was able to walk on pathways which went through the grounds to Greenhill Road and a pathway to Long Lane. At one time there was a small pool and pretty flowers which could be seen from Mucklow Hill, but that view has been spoilt by buildings near the old drive.
© QLHS & Horace Wilson 2004
Ed’s Comment – Thank you Horace for this article on a significant part of Quinton’s history, also allowing me to reproduce your excellent sketch of the building
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