Shugborough Hall

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Date:1900 - 1910 (c.)

Description:A view of the west front of Shugborough Hall, taken before the attic storey of the central saloon wing was raised and a lunette window inserted in 1921-4.

Shugborough is the ancestral home of the Anson family, who were later created the Earls of Lichfield.

The central block of the house was built in 1693. Thomas Wright of Durham designed the pavilions with their bow windows in the 1740s.

In the late eighteenth century, Thomas Anson, a convert to neo-classicism, commissioned James 'Athenian' Stuart to make further alterations to the house and build monuments in the park, with funds largely provided by his younger brother Admiral Lord Anson.

The last alterations were made by Samuel Wyatt between 1790 and 1806. Wyatt added the portico on the entrance and cased the exterior in slates, painted to look like stone. Wyatt also designed Shugborough Park Farm and the gate-houses.

In the 1960s Shugborough was given by the Treasury to the National Trust in lieu of death duties. Today the house and estate are open to the public.


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Image courtesy of: Mr R Griffin

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Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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