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Drayton Manor 7012

Brief Description

Drayton Manor was demolished in the 1920s, leaving only the clock tower. The gardens and pleasure grounds are now completely subsumed by a zoo, leisure park and golf course.

History

The site was a former medieval deer park, the home of the Knollys family. In 1798 it was stated to have had a three storey Elizabethan banqueting house. A new house was built by Sir Robert Peel's father in about 1790. The architect was Robert Smirke. Sir Robert made extensive formal gardens in the mid-19th century, which were detailed in the sale catalogue of 1926.

Visitor Facilities

The site is now a theme park, open to the public, though very little of historic interest remains.
Features
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: Drayton Manor was demolished in the 1920s.
  • Earliest Date:
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  • Tower
  • Description: The clock tower is the only remnant of Drayton Manor.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is now a theme park, open to the public, though very little of historic interest remains.
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Drayton Bassett
History

Period

  • Victorian (1837-1901)
Associated People
References

Contributors

  • Staffordshire Gardens and Parks Trust