Ancient High House, Stafford

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Date:1859

Description:The large timber framed building is the Ancient High House on Greengate Street, built 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.

In 1826 the building was bought by John Marson, who converted the lower floor into shops. The building is now owned by the Borough Council and opened to the public in 1987.

On the left is the Swan Hotel was originally built as two private town houses in the seventeenth century. The buildings were converted into a coaching inn in 1752 and a Georgian front was later added. Charles Dickens stayed at the Swan in the 1840s, when he found himself stranded between trains.

On the right is W. Wynnes', the bootmakers, which in the early twentieth century was taken over by Brookfield's tailors shop.


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1780s
Ancient High House, Stafford,
Ancient High House, Stafford,

The High House was built on Greengate Street by Richard Dorrington in 1595. The ...

1860s
Swan Hotel, Stafford,
Swan Hotel, Stafford,

Situated in Greengate, the Swan Hotel was originally built as two private town houses ...

1880s
Advertisement for Marson's Grocers, High House, Stafford,
Advertisement for Marson's Grocers, High House, Stafford,

Tea wrapper from William Marson's grocery business, established in the High House ...

1900s
St. Chad's Church, Stafford,
St. Chad's Church, Stafford,

St. Chad's dates from the Norman period and is one of Stafford's oldest churches. ...

1920s
Elizabeth I Pageant Costume, Stafford,
Elizabeth I Pageant Costume, Stafford,

1940s
Aerial View from St. Mary's Church Tower, Stafford
Aerial View from St. Mary's Church Tower, Stafford

View over Greengate Street and down Martin Street. On the right can be seen the ...

1960s
Rear Yard of the Bear Inn, Stafford,
Rear Yard of the Bear Inn, Stafford,

Rear yard of the Bear Inn on Greengate Street, which included a coach house. The ...

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Creators: E.H. Buckler (artist) - Creator

Donor ref:G95.055.0001 (18/2017)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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