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In 1214, King John gave the manor of Hales, Shropshire, to Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester, to build there a religious house of ‘whatever order he pleased’. The abbey at Halesowen was established four years later. Dedicated to the Virgin and St John the Evangelist.
Lying in the heart of the Stourbridge glassmaking industry, the Red House Glass Cone was built at the end of the 18th century and was used for the manufacture of glass until 1936. Reaching 100 feet, Glass Cones within the Stourbridge area were commonplace. Today, it is the only complete Glass Cone in the area and one of only four left in the United Kingdom. With the aid of film, free audio guides, exhibits and live demonstrations, you can now explore the Cone's 200 years of glassmaking history. The cone has a large gift shop and is also home to a number of designer-maker studios. Glassmaking demonstrations take place from 1.30pm-3.30pm weekends, during school holidays and for pre-booked groups. Guided tours are available for a small charge and they must be booked in advance. The recently opened the Red Cone Coffee House offers an extensive menu including freshly ground coffee, real Belgian hot chocolate and a menu for children.