Set in and around the home of the late Alex Moulton, this year’s garden party was held at The Hall in Bradford on Avon. For our 20th Anniversary, we invited our Friends and supporters to join us in this incredible and exclusive setting for an evening of jazz (courtesy of Keir Spring and the Moneymakers), raffles and conversation over wine.
The Hall was built around 1600 for John Hall, a large clothier who owned the nearby woollen mills—later Moulton Rubber Works. The estate has been passed down through generations of owners including Earl Manvers, the Duke of Kingston and later the Moulton family. In the 19th century, the house fell into disrepair, but was renovated by the Moulton siblings after the Second World War due, in large part, to finances raised by the sale of Spencer-Moulton to Avon Rubber which allowed Alex Moulton to keep private ownership.
Following the death of Alex Moulton in 2012, ownership of The Hall was passed to a group of Trustees who maintain the estate in accordance with Alex’s wishes. The Moulton Bicycle Company still designs and manufactures the eponymous, small-wheeled, full-suspension bicycle on-site in the stable block and the surrounding buildings.
We were honoured to be granted exclusive access to Moulton’s home by the Alex Moulton Charitable Trust who allowed us and our guests to explore the Entrance Hall, Study and Main Hall areas of the house. From the designer’s original sketches of different engineering projects to family murals and portraits, there was plenty to explore inside.
Our thanks to everyone who supported this fabulous fundraiser for WMC, and especially to event sponsors Brewing Dolphin.
Find out more about how you can support our 20th Anniversary Appeal here.