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Shugborough Hall

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house was demolished in the late 17th century and replaced by the current house.

    House & Family History: Until the mid-16th century the Shugborough Estate was owned by the bishops of Lichfield; at the Dissolution of the Monasteries Shugborough was sold into private ownership and passed through several owners, until it was purchased in 1624 by William Anson, a lawyer from Dunston, Staffordshire. In 1695 his grandson, William Anson (1656–1720), demolished the old house and created a new mansion, which still stands and is particularly noted for its fine plasterwork.

    House Replaced By: An earlier house was demolished in the late 17th century and replaced by the current house.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Grade I garden includes 18 acres of land, as well as an assortment of Neoclassical monuments by James Stuart. Stuart's Choragic monument at Shugborough is the earliest known modern reproduction of the famous Choragic Monument of Lysicrates near the Acropolis of Athens. The Shepherd's Monument is based on the famous painting "Shepherds of Arcadia" by Nicholas Poussin and famously features an inscription at its base that has riddled people since its construction in 1748. In "Great Drawings from the Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects" Jill Lever and Margaret Richardson state that Athenian "Stuart's temples at Hagley, 1758, and at Shugborough in the 1760s, were the first accurate Greek Revival buildings in Europe." Shugborough remains a working farm.

  • Architect: Samuel Wyatt

    Date: Circa 1790
    Designed: Rebuilt and remodeled House for 1st Viscount Anson

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    Architect: Thomas Wright

    Designed: Domed Bays for Thomas Anson

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    Architect: James Stuart

    Date: 1756-70
    Designed: Enlarged and renovated House. Designed Neoclassical garden monuments, including the Monument of Lysicrates, or Lanthorn of Demosthenes (1770).

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  • 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: Vol. IV, 1821.

    Country Life: CXV, 510, 590, 676 plan, 1954.

  • Title: Great Drawings from the Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects
    Author: Harris, John; Lever, Jill; Richardson, Margaret
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: pg. 58
    Publisher: London: Trefoil Books
    ISBN: 0862940362
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Athenian Stuart: Pioneer of the Greek Revival
    Author: Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1982
    Publisher: London: George Allen and Unwin
    ISBN: 0047200278
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. P 737
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: In Trust for the Nation: Paintings from National Trust Houses
    Author: Laing, Alastair
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 94
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: 070801958
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Greek Revival, The
    Author: Crook, J. Mordaunt
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719554551
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" (1995). "Decoding Da Vinci" (2006 - documentary by Dan Rivers, briefly discussing The Shepherd's Monument inscription at Shugborough).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Thomas William Robert Hugh Anson, 6th Earl of Lichfield; Anson family here since 1624.

    Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson, late 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: The earl resides in part of the House. The servants' quarters are used as the County Museum. The House and Estate are owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01889-881-388

    Fax: 01889-881-323

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No