Ancient High House, Stafford

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Description:Black and white lithograph print by John Robert Ferneyhough, printed by R. Martin. 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.

Dimensions: height 240mm, width 400mm


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

Ancient High House, Stafford,
Ancient High House, Stafford,

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Greengate Street, Stafford,

View looking towards Market Square. The timber framed building on the left is ...

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Dale's Ironmongers Shop, Stafford,

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Rear Yard of the Bear Inn, Stafford,

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Donor ref:G95.020.0001 (83/15623)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service - Art Collection

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