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Longner Hall (Longnor Hall) (Longner House)

  • Earlier Houses: The old manor house (Longner House, see "Images" section) of the Burton family was demolished when the current house was built, though some elements of it were incorporated into the new (current) house. When Edward Burton died in 1558 he had to be buried in the garden, rather than the more traditional setting of the local parish church (St. Chad’s), as the Catholic church curate refused to allow the body of the enthusiastic Protestant to be interred in the churchyard. Edward had died "in excess of joy" on hearing of the death of the Catholic Queen Mary in 1558.

    House & Family History: An enchanting early 19th century Tudor-Gothic house by John Nash built of contrasting red and white sandstone, with dashing Regency interiors dripping with fan vaulting and stained glass windows, Longner sits above the River Severn in a park by Humphry Repton within close proximity to both Attingham Park and Cronkhill. Longner, though, is a much more ancient seat than either of the other properties, having been the home to the Burton family since at least the 14th century. The old manor house of the family was found to be in a poor condition in the late 18th century and, although Repton was keen that it should be preserved, it was found to be too far decayed. The resulting House, which Nash designed for Robert Burton, incorporates parts of the old house's structure, such as the coat of arms on the clock tower door and the 17th century mounting block, while the new elements – in particular the stained glass – makes heraldic references to ancient marriages and allegiances that the family has had down the centuries. Although the Dining Room was altered in the Victorian period, the House is otherwise remarkably little altered. The design of Quinlan Terry's 1989-91 Gothick Villa in London's Regent's Park was based on Palladio’s mid-16th century Villa Saraceno and Shropshire's Longner Hall and Combermere Abbey. (We are most grateful to Gareth Williams for this history of Longner.)

  • Architect: John Nash

    Date: 1805-08
    Designed: House for Robert Buron

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    Architect: Humphry Repton

    Date: Early 19th century
    Designed: Landscaped Park for Robert Burton

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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. 52, 1853.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 734
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Gill Burton; Burton family here since the 14th century.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Edward Burton, 16th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Robert Burton, early 19th century. Sir Richard Corbett, 17th century. Arthur family.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access

    Phone: 01743-709-215

    Historic Houses Member: Yes