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Ruyton XI Towns (also known as Ruyton Park, Ruyton-of-the-Eleven-Towns)


Ruyton-XI-Towns has had a park since the 12th century.

Ruyton Park lay north-west of Ruyton village. The first mention of a park at Ruyton XI Towns is when John Lestrange enlarged his park there in 1195. He added a corner of Birch Wood, which abutted where the park pale met the river Perry. The park was mentioned again in 1269-1275. In the 14th century, income from the park derived from pannage, agistment (payment for cattle grazing), and sales of timber. In 1378, after a great storm, the timber sold included alders and a lentisk (Pistacia Lentiscus, or mastic tree). Enclosure began in 1600, when a third of the park was sold.

Before 1788 a house

called Ruyton Park had been built in the south-eastern part of the old

park. It was rebuilt in 1887-9, and

surrounded by a small park running down to the Perry. Since 1940 it has housed Packwood Haugh Preparatory School.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts


Packwood Haugh School Ltd.

Packwood Haugh, Ruyton XI Towns, Shrewsbury, SY4 1HX


  • Medieval (1066-1540)
  • 12th Century
Key Information





Principal Building



12th Century


Part: standing remains

Civil Parish




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  • Rees, U. {The Cartulary of Shrewsbury Abbey}, (Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales, 1975): 20.
  • {Ordnance Survey One Inch Map, Shropshire}, LXXIII.SW, LXXIV.SE, (London: Ordnance Survey, 1833, 1837)
  • Brown, Y. {Ruyton XI Towns}, (Ruyton XI Towns: Eleventowns Publishing, 1988): 14-15, 106-107.
  • Eyton, R.W. {Antiquities of Shropshire 10}, (London, 1860): 113.