Acton Scott Hall 4389

Acton Scott, Shropshire, England

Brief Description

Acton Scott Hall has an associated landscape park. Other features include a rock garden and secret garden. There is also a walled garden and home farm which is now a museum.

History

Between 1807 and around 1820 major improvements to the estate saw the introduction of a new garden layout. The rock garden dates back to the 1820s. The walled garden dates back to around 1850 and the secret garden to the 1870s. The hall originally dates back to the late-16th century.

Features
  • Garden Building
  • Description: The 'chalet' is a swiss style building. Mrs F. Stackhouse Acton created the building. She used brick piers taken from the hypocaust of Acton Scott Roman villa.
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  • Tree Avenue
  • Description: A tree lined walk of monkey puzzle trees.
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Acton Scott
History

Detailed History

Acton Scott Hall is a late-16th century brick building. In the 18th century it faced south on to a bowling green.

Between 1807 and around 1820 new gardens were laid out around the hall. The halls surroundings were planted up with evergreens, in particular american plants, which were introducted between 1811 and 1812. By the 1820s there was a rock garden which possibly developed into the secret garden. A walled garden near the hall dates back to around 1850.

The secret garden dates back to the 1870s and 1880s. It was created in an old quarry 300 metres south west of the hall. The garden is approached by a walk of monkey puzzle trees. The 'chalet', a swiss style building, is also found in this area. It dates back to the mid-19th century (pre-1862).

The Ordnance Survey map dating to 1833 shows that the grounds around the hall were imparked but no wall or other boundary was ever built.