Ancient High House, Stafford,

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Description:The High House was built on Greengate Street by Richard Dorrington in 1595. The timber was said to have come from Doxey Wood, near Stafford Castle.

King Charles I stayed here in September 1642, whilst on a recruiting drive during the Civil War. His nephew, Prince Rupert, was said to have taken shots at the weather-cock on St. Mary's tower from the garden of the house.

In 1826 the building was bought by John Marson, who converted the lower floor into shops. His son, William Albert, eventually took over his father's grocery business. In 1885 he added new shop fronts, establishing himself as a high class family grocer and Italian warehouseman.

The building is now owned by the Borough Council and opened to the public as a heritage and exhibition centre in 1987.


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Martin Street, Stafford,
Martin Street, Stafford,

Watercolour painting by Great Haywood born sculptor and artist Samuel Peploe Wood ...

William Marson and Magic Lanterns, Stafford,
William Marson and Magic Lanterns, Stafford,

William Albert Marson held public magic lantern shows featuring his 'dissolving ...

St. Mary's Passage, Stafford,
St. Mary's Passage, Stafford,

Photograph donated by Stafford Historical and Civic Society, who retain copyright ...

Sir Walter Essex MP in a Horse-drawn Carriage, Stafford,
Sir Walter Essex MP in a Horse-drawn Carriage, Stafford,

Sir Walter Essex was the Liberal M.P. for Stafford 1910 - 1918. He is accompanied ...

Portrait of Philip Dale, Stafford,
Portrait of Philip Dale, Stafford,

Mr Philip Dale was the proprietor of Dale's, the ironmongers shop on Greengate Street. ...

Avon Players,
Avon Players, "Johnny Belinda", Stafford

R-L: George Strachan, Eric Copeland, actress Josie Bostock.

Cycle road race in Stafford,
Cycle road race in Stafford,

Cyclist M. Downs being interviewed outside the Swan Hotel in Greengate Street before ...

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Creators: John Robert Ferneyhough (artist) - Creator

Donor ref:G95.032.0001 (18/2016)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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