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Petton Hall


Petton was a small rural parish (now part of the parish of Cockshutt-cum-Petton). As well as the hamlet of Petton itself, it incorporates a largely 19th-century park, with kitchen gardens and wooded areas placed within a designed landscape overlying medieval it medieval predecessor.

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Although the Petton estate incorporates medieval features, most information is known about the 19th-century phase of the park. The estate was sold to the Sparling family in 1794. By the early-19th century the Hall had an extensive park extending principally to its north, and to a lesser extent, its south. The boundaries seem to have changed little between then and 1880, although at the earlier date there was also a small, triangular tongue of land running past Petton church. In 1851, Petton's kitchen gardens and vineries were said to be highly productive, and the park was said to be richly wooded; the 1889 Ordnance Survey map suggests many of those trees were in relict field boundaries.

The house was rebuilt in 1892 as a large neo-Elizabethan brick mansion, placed close to the site of its immediate predecessor, as well as a medieval moat and castle mound, fishponds, an ice-house, and Petton church (1727 and later). By the late-19th century the park had two lodges, both on the Ellesmere-to-Shrewsbury road.

The grounds of the estate are implicated in discussions surrounding the late-18th-century divorce of Edward and Hannah Corbet, when the former was reportedly observed going into the summerhouse with his under-dairymaid. This snippet provides interesting information regarding ideas of privacy and social space in the 18th-century estate.

Features & Designations


  • Fishpond
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  • Moat
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  • Pool
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  • Icehouse
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  • Motte
  • Description: Castle mound.
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  • Garden Building
  • Description: Lodges. By the late 19th century the park had two lodges.
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Key Information



Principal Building

Domestic / Residential


Part: standing remains

Open to the public


Civil Parish