Images Courtesy of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, London. Prattinton Coll.
Redthorne House was built for the Bewdley and Bristol prince merchant William Prattinton. He took advice from Thomas Patey the famous Bristol architect and designer for the details of the size and plan of the house that he wished to build. Prattinton chose only the best materials like mahogany, in which he traded to build the house of his dreams. Mahogany from Jamaica and Oak from the Baltic as well as Pine from Russia were bought and transported in trows up the River Severn through the offices of his friend Charles Lowder who was Chief of the Bristol Ports. The result is an imposing classical George III red brick and stone town house of large proportions that boasts wonderful views across the town of Bewdley, from which Prattinton’s grocery empire was directed.
Prattinton and his second wife Elizabeth had a son who was to become the famous Worcestershire Antiquary Dr Peter Prattinton. Dr Prattinton took over Redthorne House as his private residence on the death of his Father in 1789. From that moment on Dr Prattinton and his friend and companion John Instan embarked upon the recording of Worcestershire History following in the footsteps of Thomas Habington (1560-1647) the great seventeenth century Worcester chronicler.
When Dr Prattinton died in July 1840 his life’s works and Library were transported to London to the Society of Antiquaries where they remain today providing an extremely valuable record of Worcestershire’s History during the period of his life.