Shugborough Hall and Moat,

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Date:1780 - 1782 (c.)

Description: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 foreground can be seen the moat which originally surrounded the house.

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.


The timeline shows resources around this location over a number of years.

Earl of Lichfield and Domestic Servants at Shugborough Hall,
Earl of Lichfield and Domestic Servants at Shugborough Hall,

Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lichfield (in top hat), on the steps of Shugborough Hall. With ...

Coming of Age of Viscount Anson, Shugborough Hall,
Coming of Age of Viscount Anson, Shugborough Hall,

A group photograph taken on the occasion of Viscount Thomas Edward Anson's Coming ...

Kitchen Boy at Shugborough,
Kitchen Boy at Shugborough,

Jim Bonshaw, Kitchen Boy, in the gardens at Shugborough. The post of Kitchen ...

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Donor ref:P75.005.0003 (18/2793)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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