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Shugborough Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Heywood; Haywood; Heywud

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ99222249
Latitude 52.80006° Longitude -2.01294°

Shugborough Hall has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


The site of the former (medieval) hall and Bishop's Palace at Shugborough, with is suggested to have been enclosed by a moat. A listed 'Romantic Ruin' (PRN 55833), constructed in the 18th century incorporates earlier material which may have belonged to the palace. Repair works revealed the remains of ditch (from which medieval pottery was recovered) which may have formed the moat around the original building. (Staffordshire HER)

Country house constructed circa 1695 on site of house extant in 1624 and a Medieval bishop's palace which may have been moated. The present house was enlarged 1760-70 and remodelled during late C18. (PastScape)

The C18 romantic ruin to north of house incorporates some details of Tudor date as well as later material and the earlier fragments may have belonged to the former manor place of the Bishops of Lichfield.
The later house and its associated landscaping has almost entirely destroyed the medieval landscape. This was the site of a medieval settlement, probably with a church and certainly with mills, and the main road along the Trent valley passed through this village (it has been moved to the south). C16 Essex Bridge replaced an earlier wooden bridge across the Trent making this a significant crossing point.
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