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Stately houses came into fashion at the end of the medieval period when nobles got fed up of living in draughty castles.  Initially, some of these were fortified but then this was forgotten as comfort became the main element of design.  During the English Civil War, a number of the fortified houses in Shropshire were the site of battles and sieges. Shropshire has a number of stately houses and some of these are open to the public.

 

 

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Abdon Manor House, Abdon (SO576862)

The 17th century Lower House was a large farm. Edward Millichope was the tenant in 1642 and altered it in 1647. Enlarged on south side c.1800 to create a double pile house that was re-roofed and remodelled to resemble a new building. In 1873 it was renamed as the Manor House.

 

Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell (SJ534019)

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Grade I listed fortified house.  Built 1284-85 by Robert Burnell, Bishop of Bath & Wells and advisor to King Edward I. Its position was important at the time because it was near to the old Roman road of Watling Street. He was granted a royal licence to crenellate and fortify the manor on January 28th 1284, a benefit only extended to trusted people. The building was rectangular with a tower at each corner. It was three storeys high and consisted of a hall, solar, bedrooms, offices, chapel and kitchen. The original extent of the castle is not known, as much of the building has been completely destroyed, but it would have been substantial enough to accommodate Edward I and his retinue, soldiers and advisers. Robert Burnell also built the nearby church and surrounding village.

 

In both 1283 and 1285, Edward I held a Parliament at Acton Burnell, presumably in the adjacent great barn which was the only building large enough. It is significant in that it was the first time in English history that the law-making process included the Commons. A law passed there in 1285 became known as the Statute of Acton Burnell, giving protection to creditors and indicating the increasing significance of traders during those times.  When Robert Burnell died in 1292, the estate was passed down through the family line, eventually being owned by the Lovels of Titchmarsh. Following the Battle of Stoke Field in 1487, the land was confiscated by King Henry VII, who granted it to Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. By the time it was passed to the Smythe family in the mid-17th century, it had been mostly demolished and was never used during the Civil War.

 

Today all that remains is the outer shell of the manor house and the gable ends of the barn, maintained by English Heritage. The only part open to the public is the shell of the former private residence, accessible via a footpath through a small wood. The rest of the land, and the relatively modern Acton Burnell Hall, is now the privately owned Concord College. The gable ends of the great barn, where the parliament sat, survive and are situated on the private land.

 

Acton Reynald, Grinshill (SJ535233)

Victorian mansion incorporating parts of building dating from early to mid-17th Century. Built of yellow/grey sandstone ashlar with slate roof. Enlarged c.1800 by Sir Andrew Corbett, whose family then abandoned nearby Moreton Corbet Castle as a residence to move in here. There were further additions c.1840 and the whole village of Acton Reynald, together with several farms, was demolished to create the park. It was again enlarged and altered internally in 1893-4 by G.H.Birch. From 1919 until 1995, the house was occupied by a girls' school but it is now once again a private residence.

 

Acton Round Hall, Acton Round (SO636955)

Grade I listed house built in 1714 by the Smith Brothers of Warwick as a dower house for Sir Whitmore Acton of nearby Morville Hall. It was subsequently abandoned from 1717-1918 but then acquired by the Kennedy family who still own it.

 

Acton Scott Hall, Acton Scott (SO455895)

Grade II* listed fortified house.  Built 1560-80 by the Acton family during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1. It was built of brick at a time when most large houses were still built of stone or timber. Prince Rupert is believed to have stayed here during the Civil War so it may have been a temporarily Royalist garrison. The legend of a skirmish in the south of the Parish, at Henley, seems to be borne out by field names in this area, such as Ambuscade and Banner Wood, plus a recently discovered canon ball. The walled garden faced south to catch the most sun and was used by the lodge keeper to grow fruit and vegetables for the hall. Alterations and additions were made in the early 19th Century.  Now a private residence.

 

Adcote Hall, Little Ness (SJ418194)

Grade I listed house built in 1879 for Rebecca Darby, the widow of Alfred Darby I. In 1907 it became an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 5 to 18.

 

Albright Hussey Hall, Albrighton (SJ502176)

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Grade II* listed fortified house.  To avoid confusion with other place names similar to "Albrighton" the name "Hussey" was added after the family who built it.  Built originally in Tudor times and rebuilt in 1524.  The timber framed section is the earliest part, the brick and stone wing being added by 1560.  The Hussey family remained here until 1634, when the estate passed to the Corbet family.

 

The Battle of Shrewsbury was fought on nearby fields in 1403 between King Henry IV and Henry “Hotspur” Percy.  During the Civil War, it was owned by Sir Pelham Corbett and temporarily garrisoned for the King in 1644 by William Scoggan and 8 men.  They repulsed a much larger Roundhead attempt to capture it but the garrison was withdrawn at the request of the owner, who was worried that Roundheads would return and destroy his property. Now the Albright Hussey Manor Hotel.

 

Albrighton Hall, Albrighton (SJ496181)

David Ireland and his son Thomas built Albrighton Hall in 1630 on the site of a much older building.  Five generations of the Ireland family lived in the Hall until it eventually passed back to the Crown through lack of heirs. The Hall was then brought by Reverend Inigo William Jones and then was inherited by his son in 1809.  In 1830 it was in the hands of William Spurrier of Birmingham, then on his death became the property of General Studd in 1848.  In 1853, General Studd conveyed it to William Hanbury Sparrow of Penn, Stafford.  The Hall remained in the Sparrow family for many years, who still reside in the village of Albrighton.  Mr Sparrow died in 1867 and was succeeded in his Albrighton estate by his son, William Mander Sparrow who was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1873.  After his death he left the estate to his nephew William Arthur Brown, who took by Royal Licence the surname of Sparrow and was Lord of the Manor of Albrighton. In later years the Hall changed hands a number of times.  Lady Puleston, whose finely carved heraldic emblazonment can be seen above the fireplace in the Oak Room, lived at Albrighton for several years. In 1953 the Hall was converted into The Royal National College for the Blind by the Governors.  In 1955 the Hall was refurbished and opened as the College for the Blind.  There is a rumour that there was a small fire at this time at Albrighton Hall, but this did not prevent the operation of the College. One of its most famous residents was the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP who boarded at Albrighton Hall during the 1960’s. Bought by Macdonald Hotels in the late 1990s and then by Mercure Hotels in April 2007. The hotel has 87 guest rooms and there is an ornamental lake plus 15 acres of grounds.

 

Aldenham Park, Haughton (SO670954)

Grade II* listed fortified house.  Built in 1691 by the Acton family. King Charles I is said to have sought refuge in this strongly Royalist household during the Civil War and indeed left his coat behind.  It may have been a temporary Royalist garrison. The Acton family used the house less and less until, in 1959, it was sold to the present owners. Now a private residence that hosts events and weddings.

 

Alkington Hall, Alkington (SJ531393)

House built in 1592, probably for William Cotton. There were some 19th Century alterations and additions, it is now a farmhouse. 

 

Apley Castle, Wellington (SJ655132)

 

Grade II* listed fortified house.  In 1327, Sir Alan Charlton received a licence to crenellate a manor house and building work occurred shortly afterwards.  It was a square building set around a central courtyard. Charlton's descendants expanded the castle considerably into an Elizabethan mansion during the late 16th and early 17th century, using grey ashlar stone. In 1642, the castle passed by marriage to Thomas Hanmer, who married Francis Charlton. Hanmer was a Royalist and, with the outbreak of the English Civil War, the mansion was fortified to make a strategic stronghold close to Shrewsbury. Encouraged by Francis Charlton's younger brother, the castle was sacked by Parliamentary forces, doing £1,500 of damage and stealing the lead from the roof for use at Shrewsbury Castle. When the new Apley Castle was built, the old building was re-used as the stable block. In 1996 it was renovated and turned into a private house.

A second larger mansion, also called Apley Castle, was built between 1792-4 for the Charltons but this was demolished in 1955. The grounds are now open to the public as Apley Wood.

 

Apley Park, Norton (SO714984)

Grade II listed fortified house. The Whitmore family acquired the Apley estate in 1572 and the original house was built shortly after. It was owned by Sir William Whitmore during the Civil War and was fortified as Royalist garrison in 1643 to guard the River Severn.  The building was captured by Roundheads in February 1645, briefly re-captured by Royalists and then captured again by Roundheads in August 1645.  The house was re-modelled into the existing Georgian style between 1808-1811 for Thomas Whitmore. It incorporated a faux chapel, hexagonal turrets and battlements. In 1867, the Foster family purchased the property and remodelled it during a revival of Gothic style in the Victorian period. The Hall and Estate remained in the Foster family until 1960, when the last incumbent of the Foster family died.

 

Due to the vastness of the house and its substantial upkeep it was difficult to find a family willing to occupy Apley Hall and so alternative uses were sought. In 1962 the house became a private school and remained so until its closure in 1987. Apley Hall remained empty and suffered a great deal of deterioration and vandalism during the following 10 years until, in 1997, the house was bought and restored by Neil Avery an entrepreneur and conservation specialist. In 2004 the house was sold to specialist developers who have since divided the Hall into several self-contained private houses.

 

Aston Botterell Manor, Aston Botterell (SO632842)

Originally built in the 13th Century, which is evident from the solar wing. It was refashioned in the 16th Century and later.

 

Aston Eyre Hall, Aston Eyre (SO653942)

Built in the 13th Century as a fortified manor house and altered in the 17th and 19th Centuries. Stone walling is visible in a room to the right of the entrance. Above are the possible remains of spiral stairs, together with a doorway which is now the entrance to the Apple Room.

 

Aston Hall, Aston Munslow (SO509866)

Manor house built in the 16th Century on an earlier core. It has been much restored.

 

Aston Hall, Oswestry (SJ325273)

Built between 1789-1793 and the park was finished in 1808. Later additions were demolished and there are extensive late 20th Century alterations. It became a hospital, then a school but has now reverted to domestic use again.

 

Aston Hall, Wem (SJ530286)

Late 16th or early 17th Century timber-framed hall, with later additions and alterations. A timber frame added in the 20th Century, with rendered infill, conceals the original timber frame.

 

Attingham Park, Atcham (SJ548098)

Grade I listed house built in 1785 for Noel Hill, 1st Baron Berwick. The architect George Steuart was commissioned to design a new and grander house around the original hall. Now owned by the National Trust.

 

Beckbury Hall, Beckbury (SJ765016)

Manor house built in 16th or early 17th Century. Re-modelled early 18th Century with late 19th Century additions and alterations.

 

Belswardyne Hall, Cressage (SJ602033)

Manor house built around 1540 and re-modelled late 18th Century with
extensive additions in 1890. Red brick and timber frame with tile
roofs.

 

Benthall Hall, Broseley (SJ658026)

Listed Grade I fortified house. Built in 1535, probably on the site of an earlier 12th century medieval manor house. During the Civil War it was owned by Laurence Benthall.  Initially a Royalist garrison but captured by Roundheads in December 1645.  The Royalists tried to re-capture it but they were unsuccessful. The garden is the product of two tenants. George Maw (1832–1912), local pottery manufacturer and crocus enthusiast, developed the garden from around 1865 onwards. Subsequently, the Victorian era Romantic painter and sculptor Robert Bateman (1842–1922), who was the son of a famous horticulturalist, added the rockeries and terraces of the current garden. Acquired by National Trust in 1958 and open to public.

 

Betton Hall, Betton (SJ692371)

The site was originally a deer park in 1175 and the hall was built 1809-1811. There is a park and a large fishpond.

 

Bishton Manor, Boningale (SJ804017)

Manor house built in 15th Century with later additions.

 

Bitterley Court, Bitterley (SO572771)

Grade II listed house built in the 17th Century.  Owned from 1655 by the Walcot family and purchased by James Wheeler in 1899, whose descendants still own it. Extensively modernized by Thomas Prichard in 1769 and restored in the 1960s.

 

Boscobel House, Bishop’s Wood (SJ837082)

Built about 1632 as a timber-framed farmhouse, subsequently converted into a hunting lodge by John Giffard of Whiteladies. The Giffard family were Roman Catholics at a time when the religion suffered persecution and tradition holds that the true purpose of Boscobel was to serve as a secret place for the shelter of Catholics in times of need.  In 1651, King Charles II was forced to flee after the Battle of Worcester and sought refuge at Boscobel. He initially hid in a tree which is now known as The Royal Oak and then spending the night in a priest-hole in the house's attic. He travelled on in disguise via other safe houses before escaping to France. Boscobel is now owned by English Heritage

 

Bourton Manor, Bourton (SO598964)

Manor house built in 1870s by house by Norman Shaw.

 

Broadward Hall, Marlow (SO389765)

Grade II listed house set in the Marches close to the Herefordshire/Shropshire border, there has been a community on the site since the Bronze Age and there is evidence of a mediaeval house within the cellars. Broadward appears in the deeds of Clungunford as early as 1658 but the present house has been much altered over the years. The hall was once part of the Hopton Castle Estate and for 200 years was the home of the Bayley family. In 1943 it was purchased by the Bilston Corporation, who planned to develop it into a children's home. This did not happen and in 1947 it was bought by Thomas Watkins.

 

Brogyntyn Hall, Brogyntyn (SJ271310)

Early Georgian house.

 

Broncroft Castle, Tugford (SO544868)

Grade II listed fortified house.  Built in the late 14th century by Sir Roger Burley. Owned by John Lutley during the Civil War, it was initially garrisoned by the Royalists.  They abandoned and destroyed it in June 1645 and it was subsequently repaired and garrisoned by Roundheads.  They did not hold it for long as it was re-captured by Royalists in the following July.  Captured again by Roundheads in summer 1646 and destroyed in 1648. The Lutley family made repairs in the mid to late 17th century. Then bought by James Whitaker who, in 1889, extensively rebuilt it, adding a two storey range, with various attics, towers and wings. Now a private house.

 

Burwarton Hall, Burwarton (SO614853)

The Holland family acquired the land in the late 15th Century and the original house dates from then. There have been subsequent alterations

 

Charlcotte Manor, Wrickton (SO639862)

Small manor house.

 

Chelmarsh Hall, Chelmarsh (SO720879)

A former monastic grange dating from the 13th Century.

 

Cheney Longville Castle, Cheney Longville (SO417847)

Unlisted fortified house. In 1394, Hugh Cheney was granted a license to crenellate his manor house at "Longefeld". During the Civil War, it was attacked and captured, suffering damage by cannon. The house was subsequently rebuilt and bought in 1682 by John Talbot.  He in turn sold it in 1745 to William Beddoes, whose descendants still own it. The house is quadrangular in shape and has the remains of its moat to the South and East. The entrance is on the North side through a modern archway.

 

Cherrington Manor, Cherrington (SJ667202)

A half-timbered moated manor house, dating from 1635, built by Sir Richard Leveson of Lilleshall. It is supposed locally to be the original 'House that Jack built'.

 

Cheswardine Hall, Chipnall (SJ725308)

Built by the Donaldson-Hudson family in 1875. The house and its 3,500 acre estate was one of the last mansions built in the UK and remained their family home until 1949. The following 35 years saw the hall change hands a number of times, even being used as a school. In 1985, the Poole family took ownership of the hall and opened its doors as a specialist care home for the elderly.

 

Chetwynd Park, Newport (SJ737216)

A mansion and park owned by the Pigott family from the 15th to the late 18th Century. It was sold in 1794 to Thomas Borrow, member of a Derbyshire iron-founding family. In the 1860s, there were major building works to the house, while new gardens were laid out and the park enlarged. The deer park was purchased by the Newport & District Agricultural Society and its south-east part became an agricultural showground. The former home farm buildings were converted for residential use, and they and their surrounds passed into divided ownership.

 

Colehurst Manor, Stoke Heath (SJ661312)

Grade II listed house built in 1600 and extended in the late 19th Century.

 

Condover Hall, Condover (SJ495056)

Grade I listed house once described as the grandest manor house in Shropshire. It was a Royal manor from Anglo Saxon times to 1586, when Elizabeth I gave it to Thomas Owen. In 1960 it became a residential school, initially for blind children and then for autistic children, but this closed in 2009. It then underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment programme to turn it into a residential activity centre.

 

Cound Hall, Cound (SJ560053)

Grade I listed house built in 1703-04 by John Prince for Edward Cressett.

 

Corfton Hall, Corfton (SO492850)

A stone Elizabethan house.

 

Coton Hall, Wem (SJ531348).

In the early 19th Century it belonged to Admiral George Bowen but subsequently passed to the Honyman baronets through marriage of his daughter Elizabeth. It remained in the family until 1920, when it was acquired by Sir Alexander Maguire. He sold it to Viscount Hill in 1924.

 

Cronkhill Villa, Cross Houses (SJ535082)

Grade I listed house built by John Nash about 1802 for the second Lord Berwick, who lived at the nearby Attingham Park. Now owned by National Trust.

 

Davenport House, Worfield (SO753954)

Grade II listed house built in 1726 by the Smith Brothers of Warwick for Henry Davenport.

 

Dawley Castle, Telford (SJ688078)

Fortified house built about 250 metres south of the church in 1316 by William de Moreton, who was granted a licence in 1316 to surround the building with a limestone wall and to crenellate it. The manor was later acquired by the Fitz Alans, who were Earls of Arundel and important Marcher lords holding several other Shropshire castles. Richard Fitz Alan fell foul of King Richard II and was executed in 1397. Dawley Castle, then known as Dalileye, was seized by the Crown. In 1399, Richard was overthrown by Henry IV and the house was restored to Fitz Alan’s son Thomas but was abandoned soon after. The Manor was purchased by Sir Rowland Heywood in 1559 and in the 17th Century it was acquired by the Fulke Crompton family.  At the beginning of the Civil War, it was owned by Mary Crompton who was a Royalist.  There was a Royalist garrison there in 1645, when they came under siege from Parliamentary forces. It was captured and the Royalist garrison fled to Ercall Hall. Three years later, the Royalists again attempted to garrison the building through a plot contrived by Sir Henry Lingen. He had hoped to organise an uprising in Shropshire and neighbouring counties, one of the targets being the seizure of Dawley Castle, but the scheme was discovered. The castle was ordered by Parliament to be demolished, along with other buildings in the county that had been used to favour the Royalist cause. By 1762, the site had become a farm and, by 1817, it is recorded that some of the original buildings remained, surrounded by a water-filled moat. However, when the Coalbrookdale Company’s Castle Furnaces were opened nearby in 1810, slag from the works buried the site so there are no visible remains today.

 

Delbury Hall, Diddlebury (SO510851)

Grade II listed house built in 1753.

 

Detton Hall, Detton (SO667795)

Manor house built about 1600, with alterations in the late 17th Century.

 

Dinham Hall, Ludlow (SO510745)

Grade II listed house built in 1792 by Samuel Nash for Richard Knight of Downton Castle. Now a hotel.

 

Dinthill Hall, Ford (SJ428126)

Early Georgian house.

 

Dudmaston Hall, Quatt (SO746887)

Grade II listed house built in the late 17th Century.

 

Easthope Manor, Easthope (SO567953)

Elizabethan manor house.

 

Ercall Hall, High Ercall (SJ594174)

Grade II* listed fortified house.  Built in the early 12th century by the de Ercalaw family. In the 13th century, John de Ercal encased the hall with a stone curtain wall, which was flanked by square towers on the angles and a gatehouse. In the late 16th century, the Newport family built the sandstone and brick L-shaped house, which now stands on the site. In 1608, Sir Francis Newport added a mansion house but all that survives is a row of stone arches of a loggia. During the Civil War, it was owned by Francis Newport.  Initially a Royalist garrison and between 1644-1646 the house withstood repeated attacks by Roundheads, culminating in a prolonged siege using artillery from July 1645. The Royalist commander, Sir Vincent Corbet, eventually surrendered in 1646. Apart from Ludlow in the south of the county, it was the last garrison in Royalist Shropshire to survive against the Roundheads during the Civil War. During that time, a huge turfed bank was raised over the north and north-west curtain walls as a defensive platform against cannon and musket fire. Now a private house.

 

Eyton Hall, Eyton-upon-the-Weald-Moors (SJ653145)

Early 19th Century house with mid-19th Century alterations and additions.

 

Faintree Hall, Lower Faintree (SO662890)

 

Halston Hall, Whittington (SJ340316)

Grade I house built in 1690 for the Mytton family, who lived here until John “Mad Jack” Mytton died penniless in 1833. It was modernised by Robert Mylne in the 1760s.

 

Hampton House, Welshampton (SJ433354)

 

Hardwick Hall, Ellesmere (SJ375342)

Grade II listed house built by John Kynaston in the 1730s.

 

Hatton Grange, Shifnal (SJ766043)

Built in 1748 with parkland.

 

Hawkstone Hall, Marchamley (SJ586296)

Built between 1700-1725 by Richard Hill. Rowland Clegg-Hill was bankrupt in 1895 and the estate was sold to George Whitely, later Baron Marchamley of Hawkstone.

He had the hall renovated and the wings reduced in length The hall was acquired after Lord Marchamley's death in 1926 by the Roman Catholic Redemptorist Order and until 1973 was a seminary. It then became a Pastoral and Renewal Centre but in 2012 was put up for sale.

 

Henley Hall, Bitterley (SO541760)

Grade II* listed house built by the Powys family and then rebuilt by Thomas Knight in 1772.  It has been extended several times since then, especially by the Wood family.

 

High Ercall Hall, High Ercall (SJ595174)

 

High Hatton Hall, High Hatton (SJ606249)

 

Hodnet Hall, Hodnet (SJ609284)

Built in 1870 when the old timber hall was demolished.  In the 1920s, Brigadier Heber-Percy flooded the valley below the house and created large gardens, helped by the botanist E A Bowles.

 

Hope Bowdler Hall, Hope Bowdler (SO475924)

 

Hopton Court, Hopton Wafers (SO641766)

Grade II listed house built in 1776 by the architect John Nash, whilst Humphry Repton was responsible for laying out the grounds and parkland.

 

Hordley Hall, Hordley (SJ381308)

Former seat of Kynaston family.

 

Horton Hall, Horton (SJ489298)

 

Howle Manor, Howle (SJ695238)

 

Ightfield Hall, Ightfield (SJ600393)

Dating from the Tudor period with a moat.

 

Isle Hall, Bicton (SJ459167)

Country house dating from the 17th Century, now offering Bed and Breakfast.

 

Iscoyd Park, Whitchurch (SJ504420)

Grade II listed house built in the 17th Century by the Jennings family. In 1737 William Hanmer extended the front of the house. Acquired by the Godsal family in 1843.

 

Kinlet Hall, Kinlet (SO707814)

Grade I listed house built in 1727–29 by Francis Smith for William Childe. During World War II, the house was occupied by the United States Army and afterwards bought by Moffats Independent School.

 

Langley Hall, Acton Burnell (SJ539001)

Built by Sir Richard Lee, was a Royalist commander. Only a timber-framed gatehouse remains.

 

Leigh Hall, Worthen (SJ333036)

Fortified house. Built sometime between the 14th and 15th centuries by the Corbet family. During the Civil War, it was owned by Sir Richard Lee.  Garrisoned by Royalists in 1644 but abandoned and destroyed in March 1645. In the late 1660s, the present Leigh Farmhouse was built to replace it.  On private land.

 

Leighton Hall, Leighton (SJ612051)

Grade II listed house built in 1778. Leighton Lodge stands at the entrance to the Hall and was the birthplace of Shropshire author Mary Webb.

 

Lilleshall Grange, Lilleshall (SJ729145)

Fortified house. Built during the 17th Century by Sir Richard Leveson.  During the Civil War, it was initially a Royalist garrison but captured by Roundheads in July 1645. A small brick one-storey and attic extension on east end was added in the 19th Century.  Now a private house.

 

Linley Hall, Norbury (SO346929)

Grade I listed house built in 1742-48 by Henry Jones.

 

Llwyd Mansion, Oswestry (SJ291295)

Grade I listed house built in the 15th Century and altered in 1604 and later.

 

Longford Hall, Edgmond (SJ728182)

Grade II* listed fortified house.  The original house was built in 1275 by Adam de Brompton.  During the Civil War, it was owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury and originally made a Roundhead garrison. In April 1644 it was captured by Royalists and subsequently demolished. The present house was built on the site 1794-97 by Ralph Leeke.  Now a private house.

 

Longner Hall, Atcham (SJ528111)

Grade I listed house built in 1803 by John Nash on the site of an earlier house.

 

Longnor Hall, Longnor (SJ485005)

Grade I listed fortified house.  Original house built in 1235 by Roger Sprencheaux. During the Civil War it was owned by Francis Burton.  Initially a Royalist garrison but by December 1645 it was held by Roundheads and subsequently demolished.  Replaced in 1670 with the present house by Sir Richard Corbett. Now a private house.

 

Loppington House, Loppington (SJ474302)

Manor house dating from the reign of Queen Anne.

 

Loton Park, Alderbury (SJ356146)

Grade II listed house built in 1670 and extended in 1711 and the 1830s.

 

Ludstone Hall, Ludstone (SO800945)

Grade I listed house built in 1607 for the Whitmore family.

 

Lutwyche Hall, Easthope (SO556946)

Late 16th Century mansion, now a school.

 

Lydham Manor, Lydham (SO330899)

 

Madeley Court, Telford (SJ695051)

Grade II* listed fortified house.  Built in the 13th Century as a grange to Wenlock Priory and extended in the 16th Century.  At the Dissolution in 1553, it was bought by Sir Robert Brooke and during the Civil War it was owned by Sir Basil Brooke. Initially a Royalist garrison but they abandoned it in 1645 after the fall of Shrewsbury. Two months later, Roundheads occupied the parish church. It stayed in the Brooke family until the early 19th Century. Abraham Darby I rented it from 1709 until his death. Now a hotel.

 

Marrington Hall, Chirbury  (SO272975)

 

Mawley Hall, Cleobury Mortimer (SO688752)

Grade I listed house built in 1730 by Francis Smith.  Restored in 1962.

 

Moreton Corbet Castle, Shawbury (SJ561231)

Grade I listed fortified house.  Built in the 11th Century by the Toret family. In 1200, Bartholomew Toret created the stone enclosure castle, when adding a three storey square keep and an east range to the triangular moated platform. In the mid-13th century, Richard Corbet encased the castle with a curtain wall, flanked by a two storey gatehouse. In the 16th century, the Corbet family remodelled the castle into a Tudor manor house. During the Civil War it was owned by Sir Vincent Corbett and was a Royalist garrison and part of Royalist Shrewsbury's defence. The castle was under siege on four occasions and was badly damaged in the fighting. It was finally captured in September 1644. The buildings were later repaired and re-occupied but in the 18th century the castle was abandoned. Ruins open to the public.

 

Morville Hall, Morville (SO668940)

Grade I listed house built in the 16th Century and extended in the 18th Century.

 

Myddle Castle, Myddle (SJ468235)

Fortified manor house built in 1307 by Lord Lestrange after he was granted a licence to crenellate. By the 16th Century it had been abandoned and was in ruins.

 

Netley Hall, Dorrington (SJ472017)

 

Netley Old Hall, Dorrington |(SJ465019)

 

Oakley Hall, Betton (SJ701369)

Grade II listed house built in the early 18th Century.

 

Onslow Hall, Ford (SJ436129)

 

Peplow Hall, Peplow (SJ639247)

Georgian building, home of the eccentric millionaire philanthropist Francis Stanier who died in 1900.

 

Pitchford Hall, Pitchford (SJ527042)

Grade I listed house built around 1560 for Adam Ottley and modified in the 1870s and 1880s. Bought in 1807 by Charles Jenkinson and remained in the family until it was sold in 1992. During World War II, this was one of the country retreats selected to house the Royal Family should they need to be evacuated from the capital.

 

Plaish Hall, Plaish (SO530964)

Grade I listed house built in 1540 for Sir William Leighton.

 

Pool Hall, Alveley (SO768837)

Built in the early 18th Century with the remains of a moat in its grounds.  

 

Preen Manor, Church Preen (SO543981)

Built in 1850 by Norman Shaw, on the site of a Cluniac monastery.

 

Prees Manor, Prees Higher Heath (SJ565350)

 

Preston Hall, Preston Brockhurst (SJ537246)

Built in 1652 and altered about 1700.

 

Preston Montford Hall, Bicton (SJ433143)

Grade II listed house built around 1700 and altered in the 19th Century. Now a field study centre.

 

Quatford Castle, Quatford (SO73499160)

Grade II listed fortified house.  It was built 1830 by a by John Smallman for himself and originally called Morf Mount.

 

Quatt Dower House, Quatt (SO754881)

Built in early 18th century.

 

Ratlinghope Manor, Ratlinghope (SO402966)

 

Rossall Grange, Bicton (SJ464155)

Built in 1677.

 

Rowton Castle, Cardeston (SJ379127)

Grade II* listed fortified house.  The original medieval house was replaced by present structure in 17th Century by Richard Lyster.  During the Civil War it was owned by Thomas Lyster.  Initially a Royalist garrison but was abandoned in 1644 after the capture of Shrewsbury. Altered and extended in 1809-12 by Col. Richard Lyster and further altered and extended in 1824-28 for Henry Lyster. Now a hotel.

 

Rudge Hall, Rudge (SO814978)

 

Rushbury Manor, Rushbury (SO516920)

Timber-framed manor house.

 

Sandford Hall, Sandford (SJ581342)

Built in the early 18th Century.

 

Sansaw Hall, Yorton (SJ509231)

Grade II listed house built in 1773 with 20th Century alterations.

 

Shipton Hall, Shipton (SO562919)

Grade I listed house built in 1549 by Robert Lutwyche.

 

Soulton Hall, Wem (SJ543302)

Grade II listed house built in 1668 for Thomas Hill.

 

Stanmore Hall, Bridgnorth (SO742922)

Grade II listed house built in the 18th Century.

 

Stanway Manor, Rushbury (SO526912)

Late Victorian manor house.

 

Stepple Hall, Catherton (SO660780)

 

Steventon Manor, Steventon (SO521734)

 

Stoke Manor, Stoke upon Tern (SJ646278)

House with earthworks and ponds.

 

Stokesay Court, Whittytree (SO444786)

Grade II listed house built in 1889 by Thomas Harris.

 

Strefford Hall, Strefford (SO444856)

 

Sunnycroft, Wellington (SJ651109)

Built in 1880 for J Wackrill, founder of the Shropshire Brewery. Sold in the 1890s to Mary Slaney and extended. Now owned by National Trust.

 

Tibberton Manor, Tibberton (SJ691198)

 

Udlington Manor, Bicton (SJ456150)

Currently owned by Richard Blackledge.

 

Upper Millichope Farm, Munslow (SO521892)

A 14th Century stone-built tower house, built as the manor house. Originally called Millichope Lodge but renamed in the 18th Century.

 

Upton Cressett Hall, Upton Cressett (SO656924)

Grade II* fortified house.  Built 1540-80 by the Cressett family.  During the Civil War, it was owned by Sir Francis Cressett who was Treasurer to Charles I.  It was a Royalist garrison with a troop of cavalry and Prince Rupert stayed there several times.  It became unoccupied and very dilapidated but was purchased in 1970 and conserved.  It is on private land but open to the public on certain days.

 

Walcot Hall, Lydbury North (SO348849)

Built in the 18th Century by Sir William Chambers and lived in by Clive of India.

 

Wattlesborough Hall, Wattlesborough Heath (SJ355126)

 

Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard (SJ806106)

Grade II listed house built in 1671 for Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham and the former home of the Earls of Bradford.  Now belongs to the Crown.

 

Whitton Court, Westbury (SJ344090)

Grade I listed house built in the 16th Century with a core dating from the 12th Century. Extended in the late 19th Century.

 

Wilderhope Manor, Shipton (SO551921)

Grade I listed house built in 1585 for Francis Smallman. It remained in the family until 1734, when the estate was sold. The manor house was not used as a residence and by 1936 was in a poor state and uninhabited. In 1936 the property was purchased by the Cadbury Trust, who donated it to the National Trust. It opened as a youth hostel in 1937.

 

Winsley Hall, Westbury (SJ356077)

 

Wollerton Old Hall, Wollerton (SJ624295)

Built in the 16th Century as a timber framed house.

 

Wolverley Hall, Wolverley (SJ469312)

 

Woodcote Hall, Heath Hill (SJ766155)

 

Woore Hall, Woore (SJ725425)

 

Wrockwardine Hall, Wrockwardine (SJ626119)

 

Wytheford Hall, Great Wytheford (SJ571190)

Remains of a fortified manor house.