Shugborough Hall – UK – Photos

Shugvorough Hall

Shugborough Hall

I’ve passed signs for Shugborough Hall many times when I drive up to Bradford to buy fabric.  Recently I allowed myself enough time to detour and have a look at it.  It was well worth the effort!  Unfortunately the hall itself wasn’t open when I was there, but the grounds are magnificent.  I certainly chose the right day to visit.  There are many mature trees throughout the grounds so you can’t see the full width and splendour of the hall until you are quite close.  However I found a photo of Shugborough Hall without the trees on the National Trust website.




Clock tower

Clock tower

History of Shugborough Hall

The Anson family bought the estate in 1624 and had lived there ever since until the death of the fourth Earl of Lichfield in 1960 when it was given to the National Trust.  I’m sure there were many illustrious members of the family, but the most recent and the one  that we all know is Patrick Lichfield, the society photographer.  He lived in one tower and his rooms are still as they were then – no photos allowed but I can assure you that they are fascinating, with many examples of his work dotted around.

Look at those reflections

Look at those reflections

The grounds

There is a lovely walk from the car park to the hall, giving a taste of what’s to come.  The water in the lakes was very still, giving rise to some wonderful reflections.

Swans looking to us for food

Swans looking to us for food

This family of swans was just one of many birds – loads of ducks and geese – but for me they were definitely a star attraction.

Cattle grazing

Cattle grazing

The grounds are used as a working farm and these cows amused me with their strict line formation.  Every time one of them stepped forward the rest would do the same.  Very efficient!

Entrance stairway

Entrance stairway

The hall

What a grand entrance.  These steps led up to a lovely courtyard area which was surprisingly ornate.

Guarding the entrance

Guarding the entrance

First you passed under the gaze of these magnificent statues.

Decorated ceiling

Decorated ceiling

At the top of the stairs the covered area had a lovely ceiling.  This surprised me as it it is open to the elements.  I’m used to seeing these ornate ceilings inside stately homes, but never on somewhere exposed to the elements.

Shugborough Hall

Shugborough Hall

Shugborough Hall is wonderful and I am so pleased that I finally took the chance to visit it.  My only regret is that I can’t show you any photos of the inside of the hall – but glad to have an excuse to visit it again.

The grounds are extensive and well worth a visit in their own right.

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  1. Oh Rose,
    Loved taking this tour with you Thank you would never have got to see it.
    Love all your little jaunts.
    Sandra

  2. Enjoyed the tour! Thanks for sharing.

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