Tixall, The Gatehouse

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameTixall, The Gatehouse
Alternative NamesTixall Hall
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishTixall

Built circa 1575 and a very stylish specimen of Elizabethan design. Ashlar faced and retangular with octagonal ogee-domed turrets at the angles and central. archway. 3 storeys, each decorated with an Order of columns: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian, Balustraded parapet. The interior is gutted and the roof almost gone. Mullioned and transomed windows. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Gatehouse to lost C16 Hall a 'particularly resilient and widespread castle-inspired feature' (Goodall, p. 458) although only the general form could said to be 'defensive'. A late C17 engraving of the gatehouse shows an uncrenellated boundary wall which does make the gatehouse make more sense than its current, rather splendid, isolation.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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  • Timothy Mowl and Dianne Barr, 2009, The Historic Gardens of England: Staffordshire p. 26-28
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  • Clifford, T., 1817, Topographical and Historical Description of Tixall


  • Plot, Robert, 1686, Natural History of Staffordshire


  • Girouard, M., 1963, 'Tixall Gatehouse' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 120 p. 287 (slight) online copy
  • Horne, J.S., 1945-6, North Staffordshire Field Club transactions Vol. 80 p. 89