Shugborough Hall

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameShugborough Hall
Alternative NamesHeywood; Haywood; Heywud
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishColwich

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. (Staffordshire HER)

Country house constructed circa 1695 on site of house extant in 1624 and a Medieval bishop's palace which may have been moated. The present house was enlarged 1760-70 and remodelled during late C18. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The C18 romantic ruin to north of house incorporates some details of Tudor date as well as later material and the earlier fragments may have belonged to the former manor place of the Bishops of Lichfield. The later house and its associated landscaping has almost entirely destroyed the medieval landscape. This was the site of a medieval settlement, probably with a church and certainly with mills, and the main road along the Trent valley passed through this village (it has been moved to the south). C16 Essex Bridge replaced an earlier wooden bridge across the Trent making this a significant crossing point.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ992224
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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. 409-11 (as Haywood)
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 174


  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 443, 444
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1908, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 2 p. 109 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1906, Calendar of Charter Rolls Henry III-Edward 1 1257-1300 Vol. 2. (HMSO) p. 18 online copy


  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) Appendix B: List of Medieval Bishop's Palaces in England and Wales (available via EThOS)