Eyton on Severn

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameEyton on Severn
Alternative NamesEyton Banqueting House; The Summer House
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityTelford and Wrekin
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishWroxeter And Uppington

Site of an early C17 fortified manor house sometimes called a castle. A tower remains. (Jackson 1988)

Tower. Banqueting house. Circa 1607, for Sir Francis Newport. Dressed red sandstone and red brick with diaper pattern; grey sandstone ashlar dressings; ogee lead cap to turret with globe finial. Octagonal plan with octagonal turret to north. 2 storeys with 3-storey turret. Plinth, moulded string course and moulded cornice to balustraded parapet with double-vase shaped balusters and moulded parapet. First-floor 3-light stone windows in alternate faces with double-chamfered reveals, chamfered mullions and transoms, and leaded lights; 3-bay blind-arcaded ground floor to south-west with moulded imposts and shield-shaped keystones; red brick and red sandstone rubble infill to arcade with 2-light wooden casements to west and south-west; inserted boarded door to north-west with fanlight; boarded door to north-east with segmental relieving arch; blocked round arch to south-east. Turret of 2 stages externally with moulded string course and cornice, and two 2-light stone windows to each stage with double-chamfered surrounds, chamfered mullions, and leaded lights. Interior not inspected, but likely to be of interest. The banqueting house is one of a pair connected by a length of garden wall (the other is now incorporated in Eyton on Severn Farmhouse) which along with another length of wall, a walled garden, and a converted barn is all that remains of Sir Francis Newport's house after its destruction by fire. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

This is an example of the continuation of castle-like architectural forms into the early modern period. However the defensive ability of this building is limited and the description of the house as 'fortified' is one open to question and opinion. There was a high status medieval house nearby, probably that of the Abbot of Shrewsbury, but this is unlikely to have been fortified in any sense. Formerly in the ownership of The Vivat Trust and available as a holiday let. However the Trust went into liquidation in 2015. Gatehouse is unaware of the current status of the site but there is no reason to believe it to be at risk.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ573062
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  • Jackson, M.J.,1988, Castles of Shropshire (Shrewsbury: Shropshire Libraries) p. 71 (reject as castle but excepts as FMH)
  • Pevsner, N., 1958, Buildings of England: Shropshire (London, Penguin) p. 129
  • Stackhouse-Acton, Frances, 1868, The Castles and Old Mansions of Shropshire (Shrewsbury) p. 44-5 online copy


  • Hobbs, J.L., 1958, Shropshire Newsletter No. 3 p. 4
  • 1920, Country Life Vol. 47 p. 236-7
  • Forrest, H.E., 1918-19, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 8 p. 134-9