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Berrington Hall

SMR Number
: 4016
Grid Reference
: SO 5093 6365

Built for Thomas Harley by Henry Holland in 1778-81.... At Berrington Capability Brown preceded his son in law Holland. He started redesigning the grounds in 1775. Holland's house has a beautifully simple exterior of greyish pink sandstone. Seven bay (south) front with very tall portico of four unfluted Ionic columns. The frieze is decorated only in the middle, a strange irregularity. (1)
Appears to have been possession of the Cornewalls as early as 1386. c1786 erected on site of old house (on N side of house are indications of existence of Castle) the present stone built mansion. (2).
The estate purchased by Thomas Harley from the Cornewall family in 1775, Harley was a banker and government contractor. He had been Lord Mayor of London in 1767 at 37 years old. In 1901 it was bought by Frederick Cawley MP a Manchester businessman, later Lord Cawley. 1957 the house and grounds were surrendered to the Treasury by the 3rd Lord Cawley, it was then transferred to the National Trust. Lady Cawley continued to live in the house until her death in 1978 aged 100. (3)
History of the Cornewall Family in connection with the parliamentary borough of Weobley (1685-1734). (4)
A watching brief revealed structural remains of the former part of the northeast range of the main house. The remains were part of a late Victorian or early Edwardian extension. Medieval pottery was identified from the field to the north of the house. (5)
Chris Musson's 2003 B&W aerial photograph catalogue, C. Musson. (6) (7)
Chris Musson's 2003 colour slide aerial photograph catalogue (8) (9)

Monument Type(s)

  1. MANOR HOUSE (18th Century to 20th Century - 1701 AD to 2000 AD)
  2. MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

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Protected status

  1. Registered Park or Garden (II*) 1870: BERRINGTON HALL

Associated Historic Landscape Character Records

  1. HHE108 - Large Compass Enclosure of the Landscape - Parkland