Swynnerton Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameSwynnerton Hall
Alternative NamesSwinnerton
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishSwynnerton

Licence to Roger de Swynnerton to crenellate his dwelling-place of Swynnerton, co. Stafford. (CPR)

Gatehouse Comments

Palliser reports pool marks site of moated house licensed in 1315 to Sir Roger Swynnerton. However, C18 Swynnerton Hall is next to the C12 Church of St Mary and it seems likely this was the site of earlier houses of the Swynnerton's. The house is associated with a park to the south. Roger Swynnerton was also granted a licence for a market and annual fair at Swynnerton in 1305. Quite the reason for suggesting an isolated pond as the site of a licenced house is unclear, unless, as is commonly misconceived, Palliser though a licence to crenellate meant a strongly defended building was intended. The form of Roger Swynnerton C14 house is unknown but the relative ease with which it was replaced in the C18 does not suggest a strongly built house or much of a moat, if any. It is likely, as would be more typical, to have been a fine but mainly timber building, with some stonework decorated with crenellations.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ852354
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 468
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, Castles and Moated Mansions of Staffordshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 50
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 407 online copy


  • Palliser, D.M., 1972, 'Staffordshire Castles: A Provisional List' Staffordshire Archaeology Vol. 1 p. 5-8

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1898, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1313-17) Vol. 2 p. 356 online copy