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Record Details

HER Number:00862
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Bishops Palace, Old Hall and Moat, Shugborough


The site of the former (medieval) hall and Bishop's Palace at Shugborough, with is suggested to have been enclosed by a moat. A listed 'Romantic Ruin' (PRN 55833), constructed in the 18th century incorporates earlier material which may have belonged to the palace. Repair works revealed the remains of ditch (from which medieval pottery was recovered) which may have formed the moat around the original building.

Grid Reference:SJ 9918 2248
Map Sheet:SJ92SE
Parish:Colwich, Stafford Borough
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Monument Type(s):

Associated Events:

  • EST1212 - A survey of moated sites in Staffordshire.
  • EST838 - An archaeological watching brief at Shugborough, Colwich, April 1994. (NRHE Name - Shugborough)

Protected Status:

  • Listed Building (II) 1079640: Ruins at Shugborough Hall

Full description

Moated Site: An early 18th century folly to the back of Shugborough Hall, which supposedly incorporates part of the old building. <1> <2>

The proposed site of a 14th century palace of the Bishops of Lichfield. After the dissolution William Anson eventually acquired the mansion in 1624. It is possible that stone from the old house was used to build the new house in 1694 (the present central portion of Shugborough). The hall was remodelled in the 18th century. A medieval pottery sherd was found under the south-east corner of the 18th century extension in 1985. Repair work uncovered a medieval ditch type feature from which the pottery came. <5>

Sources and further reading

---SST2616 - Written: F. B. Stitt. unknown. Shugborough: The End of a Village (in Essays in Staffordshire History). Vol VI, pages 86-110.
---SST4685 - Booklets and Leaflets: Christopher Hussey. 1954. Shugborough, Staffordshire, The Seat of the Earl of Lichfield, Country Life. pages 510-13, 590-93 and 676-79.
<1>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SJ 92 SE - 18 ('Description of Tixall' by Sir T. Clifford, 1817, page 58).
<2>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SJ 92 SE - 18 ('History of Lichfield' by T. Harwood, 1806, pages 124-125).
<3>SST529 - Published Book: Robert Plot. 1686. The Natural History of Staffordshire. Pages 447-448.
<4>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SJ 92 SE - 18 ('Country Life' 1954, p510-513, 590-593 & 676-679 including photos etc (by C. Hussey)).
<5>SST2776 - Verbal communication: K. W. Sheridan (Staffordshire County Council). 1983. Observation and Comment by former historic environment officer for Staffordshire County Council. 1987.
<6>SST2865 - Survey Archive: R. A. Meeson (Staffordshire County Council). 1983-1986. Staffordshire Moated Site Survey (Survey Notes).

Related records

55833Parent of: Folly, Shugborough Park (Monument)