5 Things You Didn’t Know About Rushton Hall

The intriguing history of Northamptonshire’s Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa

This May is Local Communities & History Month. The aim of the month is to help people connect with their local history and its importance whilst also increasing awareness.

We are hugely fortunate that our magnificent grade 1 listed hotel near Northamptonshire has a fascinating history having been home to the Tresham family, the crown and to a private school. Rushton Hall was built by Sir William Tresham after he bought the village of Rushton St. Peter in 1438.

Once a grand family home, Rushton Hall is now a Four Red Star Northamptonshire Hotel holding the county’s only 3-rosette restaurant and luxury spa.

Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa creates a relaxed and luxurious environment for its guests whilst also allowing guests to marvel in a sensationally historic 16th century surrounding.

As part of Local Communities & History Month, we have dug deep into our archives and found 5 intriguing facts you didn’t know about Rushton Hall…


1. Almost 1000 years of history

The oldest part of Rushton Hall was, in fact, an old cottage and is mentioned in The Domesday Book (1086)

2. A teen heir

Thomas Tresham inherited Rushton Hall at the age of 15.

3. Riots and execution

Thomas’s son Lewis had 50 rioters executed in the Midland Revolt after they protested at the enclosures carried out by the Treshams.

4. An inspiration to Dickens

Rushton’s Great Hall was the inspiration to Charles Dickens for the room that Miss Havisham had her wedding breakfast laid out.

5. American stars

American actors Clark Gable and James Stewart came to dinner dances at Rushton Hall where Glenn Miller played.


We hope you have learnt something new about Rushton Hall and it has inspired you to plan a trip to our magnificent grade 1 listed Northamptonshire country hotel.

Want to learn the full story? You can find out more about the riveting history of Rushton Hall.

Book direct for our best rate guaranteed or for more information please give us a call on 01536 713001 or email enquiries@rushtonhall.com.