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Beaudesert Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Beudesert; Boudezworth

In the civil parish of Longdon.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Staffordshire.
1974 county of Staffordshire.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK05491331
Latitude 52.71758° Longitude -1.92002°

Beaudesert Hall has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are uncertain remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Castle listed by Harvey as in Staffordshire.

Country house remains. Late C15 core remodelled and extended circa 1600 with further alterations of the C19; dismantled circa 1932. The C15 work is in sandstone ashlar and the later additions in red brick with ashlar dressings. The principal fragment is the south wall of the medieval great hall. It has a chamfered plinth and set high up in the wall are 3 large late C15 transomed windows with 4 upper and 4 lower lights, square heads and Tudor rere-arches. Between the central and left hand windows is an external chimney stack of circa 1600. Towards the west end of wall is a Tudor arch doorway of circa 1600 with ovolo-moulded surround and drips tone and a cyma recta moulded cornice hood. On the inside (north) of the wall to the left of the doorway is a vertical groove in the stonework, which may have taken a screen. There are 2 more large fragments of the house to the north of the great hall, both of brick, one C17 and the other C19. (Listed Building Report)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1306 Sept 16 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Gatehouse believes Harvey's castle must be the bishops hunting lodge Beaudesert Hall which received a licence to crenellate in 1306. The current ruins are of a late C15 house and may represent a new site the original bishops house may have been a rebuild of the C11-C12 Royal hunting lodge at Cannock, possibly within Castle Ring or at Radmoor, although it was said that parts of this house date back to time of William Rufus (White). Thompson writes "Bishop Langton received, in 1306, a licence to crenellate Beaudesert, Staffs and Ashby, Northants and all episocopal palaces in England."
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