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The Ellowes
The Ellowes Mansion
The Ellowes was commissioned by John Turton Fereday and the house was completed in 1824.
The architect was the acclaimed Thomas Lee Junior from Devon, who later went on to design churches at Sedgley, Coseley and Netherton, tragically Thomas Lee died in a swimming accident in 1834.
The Ellowes was a fine house in the Grecian style, and Mr. Fereday furnished it in the styles of the time.
Surrounded by parkland and meadows, it had particularly splendid views from it's elevated position.

Ellowes stood over three floors with cellaring below.
The Hall was demolished in 1964 when a fire started by vandals had left the building unsafe.
Nothing remains of the house, a new housing development in the 1970s now occupies the former site, the actual house would have stood at the top end of what is now Cedar Wood Drive.
The following sale notice from Berrow's Worcester Journal, of June 1832, shows the elegant furniture and effects that John Turton Fereday had furnished the Ellowes with during his time there.
1832 Ellowes Contents Sale
Of elegant and costly FURNITURE, including Drawing and Dining-room Suites; valuable Gallery and Cabinet Pictures, perfectly original, and by the most esteemed Ancient Masters; and extensive Collection of first-rate Books, beautiful Glass Chandeliers, magnificent Pier and Chimney Glasses; a full-sized Billiard Table; 150 Dozen of choice Old Wines, rich cut Glassware, elegant China, &c. &c.
E. and C. Robbins respectfully announce to the Nobility and Gentry, that they have received instructions from the proprietor to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, upon the premises, on Monday the 9th day of July, 1832, and following days, commencing each morning precisely at eleven o'clock:- The very COSTLY FURNITURE and EFFECTS at the ELLOWES, about two miles from Dudley and Himley.
   The best CHAMBER EFFECTS consist of elegant lofty four-post bedsteads, with richly carved mahogany pillars, clothed with superfine London chintz, tasteful draperies, rich silk fringe tassels and gold cornices, also window curtains to correspond; superior curled horse-hair mattresses, prime down beds, handsome Brussels carpets, Spanish mahogany dressing tables and wash-hand stands to match; excellent Spanish wood chest of drawers; and elegant large wardrobe, with wings, fitted up for ladies' dresses, and made of the finest Spanish mahogany, sets of painted chairs with cane seats, mahogany bed-steps, &c. &c.
   The DINING-ROOM FURNITURE comprises a set of 18 very handsome Spanish mahogany Trafalgar chairs, the seats covered with red morocco; a beautiful large Turkey carpet in excellent preservation; a set of very superior dining tables on six massive carved pillars, made of the best Spanish mahogany, 17 ft. 5 in. long, and 4 ft. 9 in. wide, an elegant Spanish mahogany sideboard, with circular pedestals; a sarcophagus wine cellaret to correspond; a very superb suite of damask curtains for five windows, with tasteful draperies, bound with gold colour silk fringe and lace, gold cornices, &c.; and elegant chandelier with 4 lamps, gilt branches, gilt chain, & rich cut glass drops.
   The DRAWING-ROOM SUITE, very recently made by Messrs. Newton and Son, London, comprises eight very splendid japanned chairs, rich carved and gilt ornaments, the squabs covered with very costly green silk damask, also two elbow chairs and two easy chairs to correspond; a very beautiful sofa. the frame to correspond with the chairs, loose hair squab, two hair bolsters, and four down pillows, the whole covered with green silk damask, and edged with gold colour silk lace; two elegant sofa tables of costly Amboyna wood, with bronzed claws and gilt ornaments; a large Ottoman settee, covered with green silk damask; an elegant pier table, with richly gilt and carved pillars, Amboyna wood frame, and a circular white marble slab; two Amboyna pedestals, two flower-stands of the same material; a magnificent pier glass, one brilliant plate, 72 inches by 30, in a rich carved and gilt frame, a chimney glass to correspond, plate 48 inches by 29; two very brilliant large glass chandeliers, with gilt branches, in perfect order; rich cut glass girandoles, a beautiful Persian carpet, 27 ½ feet long by 15 feet 4 inches wide, and a hearth rug to match; an elegant large Amboyna chiffioneer, with a white marble slab, 7 feet 9 inches long; a very splendid suite of green silk damask curtains for five windows, with elegant draperies, bound with gold colour silk lace and fringe, gold cornice, &c. equal to new.
   The LIBRARY contains a very large and rare Collection of Books, the greater part are in elegant bindings--including the Costumes of Great Britain, Austria, Russia, Turkey, China and the Punishments of China, 7 vols. splendid coloured engravings, folio, elegantly bound in blue morocco; Church's Cabinet of Quadrupeds, 2 vols. folio, bd. in blue morocco; Daniel's Picturesque Voyage to India, coloured plates, folio, bound in russia; the Romantic and Picturesque Scenery of England and Wales, from Drawings by De Leutherbourg, Esq. R.A. folio; the British Gallery of Engravings from Pictures in Possession of King, by E. Foster, F.R.S.; Britton's Fine Arts; the Life of Lord Nelson, 2 vols. folio, with plates from designs by B. West and others; Military Costume of Europe, coloured plates, folio; Costumes of Spain and Portugal, coloured plates, folio; Thomson's Seasons, with engravings by Bartolozzi from Pictures by Hamilton, R.A. folio, bound in morocco; Views in Egypt and in the Ottoman Dominions, from original drawings, folio; Atkin's British Sports, coloured plates, folio, bound in morocco; the Poetical Works of Milton, with engravings from designs by Westall, 3 vols. folio bound in russia; the Martial and Naval Achievements of Great Britain, beautifully coloured plates, 2 vols. folio, red morocco binding; the Natural History of Shells, coloured plates, folio; the New Botanic Garden, by Edwards, 2 vols. 4to.; Caulfield's Portraits, 4 vols. 4to.; also the Works of Dryden, Swift, Richardson, Johnson, Hume and Smollett, Gibbon, Sir Walter Scott, Pope, the most esteemed in Botany, octavos, Voyages and Travels, Plays, the Annual Register, &c. &c.
   The CELLARS contain upwards of 150 dozen of very prime old Port, Madeira, Sherry, Burgundy, and Claret Wines.
   There is a very large BILLARD TABLE, with a Spanish mahogany frame equal to new, made by Thurston, London.
   Catalogues may be had, price 1s. each, at the Hotel, Dudley; the Chronical Office, Wolverhampton; and at the Office of the Auctioneers, Birmingham.
   The elegant MANSION, with extensive Gardens and Shrubberies, Graperies, Peach House, Pine Pits, &c. TO BE LET on Lease for seven Years; and upwards or 30 Acres of MEADOW LAND may be had with the House.
   For Particulars apply to Messrs. Holyoake and Robinson, Solicitors, Wolverhampton.
1846: The following sale notice of the estate of John Turton Fereday.
At the Swan Hotel, in Wolverhampton, in the county of Stafford, on Wednesday, the 8th day of July 1846, at five o'clock in the afternoon, subject to such condition as will be there produced, unless in the mean time disproved of by private contract.
All that very handsome, large, and commodious MANSION HOUSE, called The Ellowes, with suitable outbuildings and other conveniences thereto belonging, together with Thirty Acres of rich Meadow and Pasture LAND, which surrounds the mansion house, situate at the Ellowes, in the parish of Sedgley, in the county of Stafford, and late in the occupation of Mr John Turton Fereday.
The Mansion House is approached from Sedgley through a beautiful terrace drive nearly half a mile in length, commensing with a Grecian lodge and iron gates, and skirted by thriving plantations. The parish church is distant about a mile, and the lodge is less than a quarter of a mile from the turnpike road leading from Wolverhampton, through Sedgley, to Dudley and Stourbridge, and the house stands on sloping ground, opening to the southward and westward, commanding most extensive and diversified views over an exceedingly rich and well wooded country, terminating by the Worcestershire and Shropshire ranges of hills, and including within the home circuit the magnificent demesne and sylvan scenery of Enville Hall, the far-famed seat of the Earl of Stamford and Warrington.
The Mansion House exhibits a chaste architectural facade on three sides, in pure Grecian Doric style, well executed in durable and warm tinted stone of the district; the principal entrance to the mansion house being under a fine well proportioned Grecian portico, ascended by a bold flight of steps, and surmounted by an appropriate peristyle.
The Garden front terminates with an elegant and lofty Conservatory, finished in harmonious keeping with the architecture of the house.
In the Stable department are coachhouses, saddle and harness rooms, spacious stabling for eight horses, extensive lofting, enclosed yard, with pump, and stable entrance from the Gornal road, poultry houses and yards, piggeries and other requisites.
The Demesne immediately surrounding the house includes the lodge, plantations, and drive, already noticed, fish pool, excellent upper garden, walled, and in close proximity to the stable yard, coach ring, pleasure grounds and plantations, with tastily dispersed walks of great extent; two-storied summer house and green house, with flat roof; bowling green and handsome alcoves, exceedingly tasty and elaborate finished grottoes, approached by concealed archways; excellent ice house, rustic alcoves, delightfully placed to enjoy the house views of the woods and grounds; dog kennel, and large walled-in Air Ground [?] with water laid on, an extensive lower kitchen garden and orchard, commodious house for the gardener, with an excellent summer room adjoining it, for the occasional use of the family of the mansion; three long ranges of peach houses, vineries, vine pits, and succession houses, and fine well of pure water, together with the thirty acres of land surrounding the mansion, and all lying within a ring fence.
To sum up all, it may justly be said of the Ellowes that, as a whole, it comprises all that can delight the eye and captivate the mind of a man of taste and fortune; and as a residence it successively combines all the comforts and elegance such a man could reasonably look for and hope to enjoy. The entirety of the property is freehold.
For a view of the premises apply to Mr. Samuel Hyde, who resides in the Gardener's House, on the property, and for terms and other information to Mr. Corser, solicitor, in Darlington Street, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
Wolverhampton Chronicle Wednesday July 8th 1846.