Hagley Hall, Rugeley

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameHagley Hall, Rugeley
Alternative Names
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishRugeley

By 1392 Thomas {Thomehorn} was holding a messuage with a half virgate in Rugeley, and since several of his buildings there had been destroyed by fire at some time before that year, he built himself a new house (novum manerium) consisting of a hall, four chambers, a chapel, a kitchen, two barns, a stable, an oxstall, a brewery, and a gatehouse with a drawbridge, felling 100 oaks within the bishop's chase of Cannock for the purpose as part of his right to timber for building, fencing, and fuel appurtenant to his tenement in Rugeley (S.H.C. xv. 53).

The 14th-century capital messuage probably occupied the low-lying site to the west of Crossley Stone where a large moat encircling an island is still in existence. The present Hagley Hall stands on high ground some 300 yds. farther west, the level falling away steeply on its south side to form a cliff above the Rising Brook. Sir Richard Weston (d. 1658) is said to have built the first house, at one time known as Bank Top, on this site. (VCH)

Gatehouse Comments

Gatehouse, who was for many years a resident of Rugeley, does not consider this was the supposed moated manor, in Elmore Park, suggested by the VCH and the Staffordshire HER record MST1799 at SK042180. This is a mill pond with a U shaped island in it not capable of housing a house as large as Thomas Thomehorn's Hall and four chambers (it has on it the foundations of a small Victorian summer house). The Hagley manor was called Bank Top and clearly lay where Hagley Hall lay (SK039180), on the top of the ridge from which Rugeley (pronounced locally as Rudgeley), derived its name. Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK039180
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  • Salter, Mike, 1997, Castles and Moated Mansions of Staffordshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 63 (erroneous)
  • Greenslade, M.W., 1959 in Midgley, L.M. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 5 p. 154 - online transcription

Primary Sources

  • Wrottesley, G. (ed), 1894, 'Extracts From the Plea Rolls of the Reigns of Richard II and Henry IV AD 1387 to AD 1405 Translated From the Original Rolls in the Public Record Office' in Collections for a History of Staffordshire (William Salt Archaeological Society) Vol. 15 p. 53