In the late 1960’s Birmingham County Scouts decided it was time to find a new Campsite.
Yorks Wood had provided a fantastic site for many years but as the City of Birmingham grew, the country retreat that was Yorks Wood had found itself encompassed with houses. Working parties were set up with volunteers searching all around the Birmingham area to find a new campsite. During these searches two gentlemen made their way up a long drive to discover the Jewel that is Blackwell Court.
With tight finances the Birmingham Scouts found financial support from a local benevolent millionaire, Douglas Turner. His help allowed Blackwell Court to be purchased and the long job of turning a country house estate in to a campsite and activity centre began.
Within the Manor House laid many unseen treasures. Many of the rooms still contain their original fireplaces with some fine examples located on the ground floor.
The well equipped kitchen still retains many of its original features. The cupboards in the “washing up room” have beautifully crafted glass fronted tall sliding cupboards and we are lucky to still have both of the tiled cold rooms, one of which retains its slate shelves. The crowning glory of the kitchens has to be our 1891 Eagle Range made on Broad Street in Birmingham.
Over the years the developments outside of the house have continued with a range of new adventurous activities for all to enjoy.