Swynnerton Hall 4882

Stafford, England, Staffordshire, Stafford

Brief Description

Swynnerton Hall has parkland with pleasure gardens and fishponds. Originally there was a kitchen garden, though this has now been lost.

History

This is a 16th-century country estate, with a house dating from the early-18th century. A mid-18th-century park is associated with the house, with alterations made in the early-19th century.

Detailed Description

Swynnerton Hall itself is a 'Grade I' listed building. The associated chapel is listed as Grade II*. The hall overlooks the terrace and ha-ha, with distinctive parkland to the south.This includes large belts and groves of trees.There are also extensive pleasure grounds, with mixed deciduous and conifer planting. Fishponds lie to the north, south and east.The kitchen garden has been built over.

The gardens make up part of a 3000 acre estate, much of which is still farmed.

Features
  • Mansion House (featured building)
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Terrace, Fishpond, Ha-ha, Chapel, Tree Belt, Gate Piers
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Swynnerton
History

Detailed History

The medieval manor on which these gardens stand was owned by the Swynnerton family for several centuries, before it came to the Fitzherberts by marriage in 1562. The hall and estate have been owned by the Fitzherbert family ever since.

The Fitzherberts were Royalist sympathisers during the civil wars of the 17th century. The result of this was vandalism and destruction of the house at the hands of Parliamentarian forces. In the 1720s, the manor was eventually rebuilt in the Georgian style, by architect Francis Smith of Warwick. The new house had three storeys, and a nine-bayed frontage. This house still stands today. In 1868, Gilbert Blount built a private chapel next to the hall.

The park was laid out by Lancelot Brown in 1758, though major alterations were made by James Trubshaw in 1810.

Associated People

Just one person associated to Swynnerton Hall

Contact

Telephone

01793 445050

Official Website

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