The History of Beaumanor Hall
Beaumanor Hall has a rich and varied history. Built between 1842 and 1854 by architect William Railton for the Herrick family, it remained in their possession until World War II when the estate was requisitioned by the War Office. Throughout the war the Hall was used as a secret listening station to intercept encrypted enemy signals. The Hall was bought by Leicestershire County Council in 1974 for use as an education and conference centre.
Y Stations were British Signals Intelligence collection sites used during World War II. These sites collected traffic which was then passed for processing to the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. The traffic was recorded by hand and sent to Bletchley, on paper by motorcycle couriers, or later, by teleprinter over post office land lines.
Beaumanor Hall was requisitioned by the War Office in 1940 and set up as a Y Station. Buildings were erected in the grounds (which are still in place) disguised as cottages, barns, stables etc. These housed the intercept personnel listening for German and Italian encrypted messages. We are always very happy to talk to anyone who has knowledge or memories of Beaumanor during the war and especially of its links with Bletchley Park. Please contact Adam Haynes on 01509 890119 or Beaumanor.Hall@leics.gov.uk.
Hall and Park Tours
*** Next Tour dates ***
Sunday 9 April 2017 – Sorry, fully-booked
Sunday 4 June 2017
With its Victorian splendour and important World War II history, Beaumanor Hall offers a great deal for the visitor.
To help interested groups we conduct guided tours of the main rooms, cellars and attics of the Hall itself and some of the buildings erected in the grounds which provided a vital listening post for Bletchley Park’s work in cracking the Enigma code.
- Each tour lasts approximately 2½ hours and includes a break for refreshments and biscuits
- Ideal group sizes are up to 25 but larger groups can be taken with prior agreement
- The cost is £8.00 per person which includes refreshments
We conduct tours during summer evenings and on some weekends. Certain times are also available during afternoons throughout the year. To check for available dates and to book please telephone us on 01509 890119 or e-mail Beaumanor.Hall@leics.gov.uk