Summary

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Brief description of site

Little Onn has a late-19th-century hall with later additions, close to an earlier medieval moated site. The gardens were laid out by Thomas Mawson and include terraces, a tennis court, a summerhouse, rose garden and some woodland planting.

Brief history of site

The hall was built in the early 1870s. The gardens were laid out by Thomas Mawson at about the same time, and completed in 1898. Further work was done in the 1920s.

Location information:

Address: Little Onn, ST20 0AU

Locality: Stafford

Local Authorities:

Staffordshire; Stafford; Church Eaton

Historical County: Staffordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 127 Grid Ref: SJ840156
Latitude: 52.7378 Longitude: -2.23841

Key information:

Form of site: formal garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1870 to 1898

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Description

The majority of Mawson's design was not carried out due to lack of money, but the gates, rose garden and tennis lawn are all good. There is a rustic summerhouse attributed to Mawson, though it is possibly earlier. The rest of the garden was laid out by Messrs Bakers of Wolverhampton in the 1920s.
 

Site designation(s)

Scheduled Ancient Monument Reference Moated Manor Site

Principal building:

House Created 1870 to 1875

The hall was built in the early-1870s.

History

The house was built between 1870 and 1875, on the site of an earlier medieval moated site (now a Scheduled Ancient Monument). The house features a number of subsqeuent alterations.

The gardens were designed soon after by Thomas Mawson, and were completed in 1898. Features included terraces, lawns, banks, tennis court, yew hedges, walls, and borders, as well as some woodland planting.

Site timeline

1920 to 1929: Major and Mrs William Dickins Heywood extended the house with a large bay and window on the Drawing Room and another similar bay to the end of the Dining Room.

People associated with this site

Builder: Messrs Baker

Designer: Thomas Hayton Mawson (born 05/05/1861 died 14/11/1933)

Features

gate

rose garden

The beds in the rose gardens were once separated by box hedges. Some areas were later paved.

tennis lawn

statue

Feature created: After 1917

Major and Mrs William Dickins Heywood put various statues
around the garden.

well head

This feature no longer remains at Little Onn, though it is illustrated in some of the photographs linked to this record. It is an old well head with a wrought iron top. This was taken away to the garden at Tixall on the death of Mrs W D Heywood in 1971.

summerhouse

The rustic summerhouse is commonly attributed to Mawson. It was actually brought by Mr and Mrs William Dickins Heywood from their previous house, Letton Lodge, in Broughton Park, Manchester in 1917.

pond

Feature created: After 1917

Major and Mrs William Dickins Heywood created the 'Dog Bone' shaped pond at Little Onn (with its octagonal ends).

References

Organisations associated with this site

Staffordshire Gardens and Parks Trust

Sources of information

West Midland Gardens: the gardens of Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands

Sidwell, Ron. West Midland Gardens: the gardens of Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands (Glocuester: Sutton, 1981), pp. 170-2.

Images

  • Little Onn Hall, the borders in summer

    Little Onn Hall, the borders in summer

  • Little Onn Hall, the entrance to the house

    Little Onn Hall, the entrance to the house

  • Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond from the tennis court

    Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond from the tennis court

  • Little Onn Hall, view from the south-west

    Little Onn Hall, view from the south-west

  • Little Onn Hall, the lake

    Little Onn Hall, the lake

  • Little Onn Hall, formal planting

    Little Onn Hall, formal planting

  • Little Onn Hall, the house

    Little Onn Hall, the house

  • Little Onn Hall, snowy view

    Little Onn Hall, snowy view

  • Little Onn Hall, the north drive

    Little Onn Hall, the north drive

  • Little Onn Hall, the tennis court, garden and trees

    Little Onn Hall, the tennis court, garden and trees

  • Little Onn Hall, the formal garden

    Little Onn Hall, the formal garden

  • Little Onn Hall, close view of the dog bone pond

    Little Onn Hall, close view of the dog bone pond

  • Little Onn Hall, dogs on a garden bench

    Little Onn Hall, dogs on a garden bench

  • Little Onn Hall, child on a horse

    Little Onn Hall, child on a horse

  • Little Onn Hall, border in flower

    Little Onn Hall, border in flower

  • Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond

    Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond

  • Little Onn Hall, a family group

    Little Onn Hall, a family group

  • Little Onn Hall, a car by the house

    Little Onn Hall, a car by the house

  • Little Onn Hall, the west front of the house

    Little Onn Hall, the west front of the house

  • Little Onn Hall, the garden and the house

    Little Onn Hall, the garden and the house

  • Little Onn Hall, the tennis court

    Little Onn Hall, the tennis court

  • Little Onn Hall, path and borders

    Little Onn Hall, path and borders

  • Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond

    Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond

  • Little Onn Hall, child seated on a bench

    Little Onn Hall, child seated on a bench

  • Little Onn Hall, children boating

    Little Onn Hall, children boating

  • Little Onn Hall, hunting meet

    Little Onn Hall, hunting meet

  • Little Onn Hall, view from the south-west

    Little Onn Hall, view from the south-west

  • Little Onn Hall, the summer house

    Little Onn Hall, the summer house

  • Little Onn Hall, the drive

    Little Onn Hall, the drive

  • Little Onn Hall, the east front of the house

    Little Onn Hall, the east front of the house

  • Little Onn Hall, the rose garden

    Little Onn Hall, the rose garden

  • Little Onn Hall, the formal garden and the park

    Little Onn Hall, the formal garden and the park

  • Little Onn Hall, the house

    Little Onn Hall, the house

  • Little Onn Hall, water feature with garden wall beyond

    Little Onn Hall, water feature with garden wall beyond

  • Little Onn Hall, the rose garden

    Little Onn Hall, the rose garden

  • Little Onn Hall, the moat and kitchen garden wall

    Little Onn Hall, the moat and kitchen garden wall

  • Little Onn Hall, water feature viewed through wall

    Little Onn Hall, water feature viewed through wall

  • Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond

    Little Onn Hall, the dog bone pond

  • Little Onn Hall, grass terraces

    Little Onn Hall, grass terraces

  • Little Onn Hall, water feature overhung by trees

    Little Onn Hall, water feature overhung by trees

  • Little Onn Hall, the well head

    Little Onn Hall, the well head

  • Little Onn Hall, snowy view

    Little Onn Hall, snowy view

  • Little Onn Hall, child on a horse

    Little Onn Hall, child on a horse

  • Little Onn Hall, child on a horse

    Little Onn Hall, child on a horse

  • Little Onn Hall, the house

    Little Onn Hall, the house

  • Little Onn Hall, people in the garden

    Little Onn Hall, people in the garden