Longford Hall, Shropshire 5664

Newport, England, Shropshire

Brief Description

There has been a park at Longford since the 13th century. In the 18th century, a newly-built hall was set within a 150-acre park.

History

Adam de Brompton had a park at Longford in 1275. In 1788, the Longford estate was purchased by Ralph Leeke, a political agent for the British East India Company. He immediately

commissioned Joseph Bonomi to design a new house in the park. In recent years, the hall and grounds were purchased by Adams' Grammar School, and the hall is used as a boarding house.

Detailed Description

Longford Hall is placed on top of a low rise and looks over farmland towards the Lilleshall monument. The first 100 feet in front of the hall is manicured grass, bordered by a ha-ha. There is a small series of gardens, including a 'quad'. The main drive crosses the park, and there is a gate lodge at the south-west end of the drive.

Behind the hall are a selection of buildings around a central square, which once formed the farm supporting the estate. There is a circular dovecote in the square, which in 2001-2004 was converted, along with the other buildings, into housing

The hall and lands are currently owned by Adams' Grammar School and are used by them as their junior boarding house and sports fields, situated approximately one mile away from the main school. Some land was sold off in 2000 for private housing, forming the Longford Park housing estate.

Features
  • Country House (featured building)
  • Description: Longford Hall is a two-storey square stone block of seven by four bays, with a facade of giant pilasters and Tuscan columns. The main doorway leads into a small entrance hall with a Grecian frieze, through which lies the central staircase hall.
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  • Gate Lodge
  • Description: There is a gate lodge at the south-west end of the drive.
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  • Drive
  • Description: The main drive crossed the park to the house.
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