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Old Court Hotel
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Symonds Yat West

Contact: Jono & Victoria
Position: Proprietors
Tel: 01600 890 367
Fax: 01600 890 964
About Us...

The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk have been long standing places of significance in the English and Welsh history books. The Old Court, built around 1570, is an unusual building in this area and is a beautiful example of a 16th century manor house.
The Gwillims came to Whitchurch Court (The Old Court) in the late 16th century. The Gwillim surname was first taken in the 15th century and the family descend from the same line as the Vaughan family of Courtfield, which is near to Whitchurch.

Colonel Thomas Gwillim fought with General Wolfe at the battle of Quebec in 1759. He died in Germany in 1762 not knowing his wife was carrying a daughter after 12 years of childless marriage. Elizabeth was born in Northamptonshire and spent much time at the Old Court.

Elizabeth married John Graves Simcoe, who became 1st Governor of Upper Canada in 1791/2.

Many of the Gwillim family are buried at the family enclosure down at St Dubricius Church (a 2 minute walk away). The significance of the family to the area and of the Old Court is great.
For more about the history of the Old Court, visit


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