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Chateau Impney - a brief history
Chateau Impney
The chateau was built as a labour of love by a wealthy philanthropist

The Chateau Impney, in Droitwich Spa, was built by the wealthy salt-magnate, John Corbett, for his wife.

Anna Eliza O'Meara was part French and part Irish.

The two met in Paris, and as both loved French chateaux, John Corbett had one built, near the town where his fortune has been made.

Sadly, his grand gesture had little effect, as the marriage was not a happy one, and his wife moved to another of his houses, in Wales.

  • John Corbett bought the salt works at Stoke Prior, in Worcestershire, and made a fortune by exploiting the natural reserves.
  • He was well-known as a philanthropic employer - insisting that his workers were well paid.
  • He met his wife, Anna, in Paris, where she had been born to an Irish father and a French mother. They married in 1856.
  • His wife missed the Parisian lifestyle, and so, in 1875, he had the Chateau Impney built for her, in the Louis XIII style.
  • The building cost almost £250,000, the equivalent of £16m in today's money.
  • Three thousand men were involved in its construction, which took two years.
  • The house was surrounded by 155 acres of parkland, including lakes, waterfalls, tropical gardens and over 3,000 varieties of trees.
  • It became a hotel in 1945.
  • In the late 1960s, one of the earliest rock festivals was held in the grounds, featuring artists including Fleetwood Mac and Joe Cocker, and hosted by John Peel.

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