Pepper Hill (also known as Pepperhill)6600

Pepperhill, England, Shropshire

Brief Description

Pepperhill has a large 16th-century house of red brick on a sandstone plinth. It was damaged in 1698, and rebuilt in 1699. The late medieval/16th-century park is now lost, but a stone fountain is known to have been close by in the 17th century (now elsewhere).

History

The house and park at Pepperhill probably existed by the early-16th century, but the park seems to have diasappeared by the middle of the 17th century.

Features
  • Ornamental Fountain
  • Description: This canopied, stone fountain-head, probably dates back to the 17th century. It was taken to Pattishall (Staffs) some time before 1958, but photos are available in Shrewsbury Local Studies Library.
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Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Albrighton
History

Detailed History

Leland, in the 1540s, noted that Sir John Talbot lived in a house (elsewhere called a 'goodly lodge') called Pepper Hill, on the hilltop in what was called Albrighton park. Interestingly, in the wake of the exposure of the Gunpowder Plot, conspirators Stephen Littleton and Thomas Wintour are reported to have fled to Pepperhill from nearby Holbeche House, but Sir John Talbot turned them away.

That house, sometimes called Upper Pepperhill, and its associated park, were apparently in existence by 1519, but the park at Pepper Hill is not noted after the early-17th century. The house, commanding wide views over the surrounding countryside, was damaged in 1698, and was rebuilt in 1699. It is of red brick on a sandstone plinth. In close proximity to the house was an elaborate, canopied, stone fountain-head, probably of the 17th century (photos of this are available in Shrewsbury Local Studies Library). However, this was removed to Pattishall (Staffs) some time before 1958.

The park at Pepperhill provides one of the most vivid descriptions of poaching (an armed raid on John Talbot's deer in the mid-16th century, as well as one of the county's earliest suggestions of an aesthetic concern with landscape (in 1615, evidence was presented in court, relating to the 'topping and cropping' of trees in the park).

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