St. Michael's Church
Earlier Houses: A timber-framed building of the 15th century is encased within the current house.
House & Family History: Set upon high wooded ground next to the Church of St. Michael, and accessed only via the narrowest of Shropshire lanes, Upton Cressett Hall is a remarkable survival. Abandoned by its eponymous owners, the Cresset family, when they built a grander Baroque house on their Cound Estate (some 10 miles away), the House survived the centuries as a farmhouse before being sensitively restored by William Cash the elder in the 1970s. His son, also William, has done much to further restore and embellish the ancient manor house, commissioning, among other improvements, a fine series of wall paintings by Adam Dant. The Elizabethan brick house was almost certainly originally an H-shaped house dating from the 1580s. Upton Cressett encases an earlier house – a timber-framed building of the 15th century that was probably built for Hugh Cressett, high sheriff and an MP for Shropshire in the 1430s and 1440s. (We are most grateful to Gareth Williams for this history of Upton Cressett Hall.)
Garden & Outbuildings: The Gatehouse has been sensitively restored and is today the home of the Upton Cressett Foundation, which provides creative breaks for established writers, who are invited to come and live in the Gatehouse.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: William Cash; Cash family here since the 1970s.
Past Seat / Home of: Cressett family, until the 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home