Burford House

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are masonry footings remains

NameBurford House
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishBurford

It is said that in the process (of demolishing the west wing of Burford House) remains of the former castle of the Cornwall's was found (Shropshire SMR).

Mr Treasure, the owner, indicated the stone foundations upon which the Victorian west wings of Burford House had been constructed. They were revealed when the wings were demolished in 1954, during the restoration of Burford House to its original state as built in 1726.

The foundations, (centred at SO 58206797) comprise large, squared blocks of sandstone, which extend westwards for 7.5m from outside the north west and south west corners of the house, then turning to run north-south for 19.0m. They represent the west end wall, and parts of the north and south side walls of an earlier building.

The foundations are from 0.2m to 0.6m in height, but incorporate a chimney stack in the west wall, which rises to 2.8m in height. 19th century brick walls stand upon the foundations to 2.0m in height.

According to Mr Treasure, the stone walling rises behind the brickwork on the interior, and incorporates some vertical half timbering, but this is all plastered over.

The Cornwalls are known to have lived here from the 14th century to 1721.

The foundations now exposed are probably of a manor-house, perhaps fortified, but not a castle as such (F1 ASP 18-MAR-80). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Burford was a significant barony and it is entirely likely that the medieval house would have dressed up with the symbolic battlements etc. to show the status of the family. It is also entirely probable that the house was strongly built and defensible. There are suggestions the house was moated.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSO582679
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