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Brief description of site

Acton Reynald has a hall with an associated park and woodland. There are also extensive formal and kitchen gardens.

Brief history of site

Acton Reynald Park was first created by the Corbet family during the 17th century. The hall was rebuilt in about 1800. It is possible that the park was remodelled at the same time. The formal and kitchen gardens date back to the mid-19th century.

Location information:

Locality: near Grinshill, Wem, Shropshire

Local Authorities:

Shropshire; Moreton Corbet

Historical County: Shropshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 126 Grid Ref: SJ534232
Latitude: 52.8043 Longitude: -2.69268

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Site first created: 1600 to 1699

Main period of development: 17th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Description

History

Acton Reynald park was created by the Corbet family during the 17th century.  The village of Acton Reynald was completely demolished and not relocated to accomodate the hall and park (Raven: 2005, 8).

The hall was largely rebuilt in around 1800 (Newman and Pevsner: 1958, 51).  It is possible that the park was remodelled at around the same time.  It is worth noting that the park does not appear on Robert Baugh's map of Shropshire dating to 1808 (Trinder: 1983) or the C & J Greenwood map of Shropshire dating to 1827.  The Ordnance Survey map of 1891 does record the park as well as recording a 'target' on the edge of the woodland south west of the hall.

North of the hall are extensive formal and kitchen gardens dating to the mid-19th century.  At least part of the kitchen garden complex, including two pavilions dates back to 1847.  In 1851 the gardens were managed by Francis Bell (Bagshaw: 1851, 311). 

Features

gate lodge

gate lodge

gate lodge

obelisk

The obelisk is located west of the hall.

pond

boat house

conservatory

greenhouse

pavilion

Feature created: 1847

pavilion

Feature created: 1847

References

Organisations associated with this site

Shropshire Parks & Gardens Trust

Sources of information

A Guide to Shropshire

Raven, Michael, A Guide to Shropshire (Shropshire: Michael Raven, 2005)

History, gazetteer, and directory of Shropshire; comprising a general survey of the county, etc

Bagshaw, Samuel, History, gazetteer, and directory of Shropshire; comprising a general survey of the county, etc ([n.p.]: [n.pub.], 1851)

Robert Baugh's map of Shropshire: An Introduction

Trinder, Barrie, Robert Baugh's map of Shropshire: An Introduction ([n.p.]: Shropshire Archaeological Society, 1983)

The Buildings of England: Shropshire

Newman, John and Nikolaus Pevsner, Shropshire (Pevsner Buildings of England) (London: Yale University Press, 2006)

Images

  • Acton Scott Hall. Gates and gate piers.(1994).

    Acton Scott Hall. Gates and gate piers.(1994).

  • Acton Scott Hall. Gates and gate piers.(1994).

    Acton Scott Hall. Gates and gate piers.(1994).

  • Acton Reynald Hall (1994)

    Acton Reynald Hall (1994)

  • Acton Reynald Hall (1994)

    Acton Reynald Hall (1994)

  • Acton Reynald Hall. Tazza (1994)

    Acton Reynald Hall. Tazza (1994)

  • Acton Reynald Hall. Tazza (1994)

    Acton Reynald Hall. Tazza (1994)

  • Acton Reynald Hall. The formal terraced gardens.

    Acton Reynald Hall. The formal terraced gardens.

  • Acton Reynald Hall. The formal terraced gardens.

    Acton Reynald Hall. The formal terraced gardens.