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Acton Burnell Park (Acton Burnell Hall)

  • House & Family History: In the 17th century the Acton Burnell Estate (including nearby Acton Burnell Castle) came into the possession of the Smythe family, who built the classical style Acton Burnell Park in the early 19th century. A fire in 1914 destroyed most of the interiors of Acton Burnell, after which they were rebuilt in a neo-Georgian style. Paul Oertel and Monica Carr-Taylor founded Concord College in 1949 and purchased Acton Burnell as the home of their new school. In 1969 it passed into the ownership of Frank Bell, who, in 1983, re-formed the college into a charitable educational trust.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The grounds contain a fine 18th century Grotto and the delightful folly named Sham Castle (aka Black Dick’s Tower or Keeper’s Tower), built in 1780 by Sir Edward Smythe as a music room.

    Chapel & Church: The 1846 Chapel was designed by Charles Hansom.

  • Architect: Charles Francis Hansom

    Date: 1846
    Designed: Chapel

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    Architect: William Baker

    Date: 1753-58
    Designed: Enlarged for Sir Edward Smythe, Bt.
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: John Tasker

    Date: 1814
    Designed: Refronted House for Sir Joseph Edward Smythe, Bt.

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 90, 1853.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, 1825.

  • Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume II: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
    Author: Reid, Peter
    Year Published: 1980
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110319
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir Edward Joseph Smythe, 6th Bt., 18th-19th centuries.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today Concord College

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01694-731-631

    Fax: 01694-731-389

    Email: Enquiries@concordcollege.org.uk

    Website: http://www.concordcollegeuk.com

    Historic Houses Member: No