Ashorne Hill - one thousand years of history

Ashorne Hill is steeped in history, as far back as 1077 - even before the Domesday Book was written and only 11 years after the Battle of Hastings and the start of the Norman conquest. In the fifteenth century the manor was owned by Richard Neville, who found notoriety during the Wars of the Roses as 'Warwick the Kingmaker', and was one of the richest landowners in England - including his stronghold at nearby Warwick Castle - until his death at the Battle of Barnet in 1471. [Ashorne Hill - a Mediaeval History]

Following several centuries as a farmhouse dwelling, in the nineteenth century the present mansion house was constucted on the site of the previous building, maintaining the look of the front facade by retaining the original brickwork. This period saw its occupation by the Tree family, a wealthy American dynasty with links to influential people of the day including Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain - and a somewhat scandalous relationship between Mrs Ethel Tree (nee Field - sic) and Admiral Beatty of the Fleet, who later found fame during the First World War in 1914-1918. [The Tree family at Ashorne Hill]

During the Second World War Ashorne Hill in effect became the Bletchley Park of the steel industry - secretly housing over 600 men and women working for the Ministry of Supply to co-ordinate iron and steel production as part of the war effort during 1939-1945. [Ashorne Hill - the War Years]

This led to direct ownership of the whole site by British Steel - and the establishment of Ashorne Hill as its management training college in 1957. Now an independent educational charity, Ashorne Hill Management College offers leadership development training and conferencing services to a wide range of private and public sector organisations - including Tata Steel who acquired Corus, the Anglo-Dutch joint venture of British Steel, in 2009.