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Acton Reynald


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Statutory Address:
Acton Reynald

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Moreton Corbet and Lee Brockhurst
National Grid Reference:
SJ 53470 23238


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 12/01/2016

SJ 5223-5323 17/104


(Formerly listed as Acton Reynald School.

Previously listed as Acton Reynald)



Country house, used as a school in C20. Early to mid-C17. Enlarged c.1800 by J. H. Haycock (1759-1830) for Sir Andrew Corbet, and further additions of c.1840, possibly by E. Haycock. Enlarged and altered internally in 1893-4 by G. H. Birch. Yellow/grey sandstone ashlar with slate roofs. C17 house, enlarged to west and north in a Neo-Jacobean style. 2 storeys and attic over basement. East (entrance) front: chamfered plinth, moulded string course, moulded cornice with blocking course inscribed "ACV", "CK" and with carved elephant and castle in centre. 4 parapeted gables with moulded copings and finials, some truncated. Integral stone corner stacks with circular and square shafts and further ridge stacks with grouped circular and square shafts. 7 bays; 2-, 3- and 4-light chamfered stone mullioned and transomed windows with wooden and leaded casements. 4 projecting 2-storey square bays (said to date from 1601 and 1625), each with moulded cornice and blocking course with shell lunettes and acroterea. Pair of central half-glazed doors with side lights, overlights, flanking Ionic pilasters and dentil cornice. 2 steps up to tetrastyle Tuscan portico with paired columns, elliptical arches, pulvinated frieze and moulded cornice, and balustrade with square-section balusters and moulded rail, breaking forward over dies. Circa 1840 two-storey service range, set-back right; 2:1:2 windows with projecting square bay to right. South (garden) front: 5 bays, with gables. Central first-floor and attic canted bay and turret with flanking scrolls and cresting with Corbet coat of arms (elephant and castle). 3-bay Tuscan portico in outer bays. Peculiar bench or stand adjoining house centre of front with octagonal piers and moulded top, and with inverted carved capital on it at time of survey (January 1986). West front: 5 bays, with gables. Projecting 2-storey square bays in centre and left-hand bays, that in centre dated: "SAC/1834" (or 1634) and that to left dated 1893. Seventeenth century style panelled door in angle of left-hand bay with knocker dated 1601 and surround consisting of caryatids (cf. Moreton Corbet) supporting entablature dated 1893. Service range of 2 storeys and attic adjoining to left; 3 windows with gabled semi dormers and central one-storey square bay with strapwork cresting. 2 storey gabled service range projecting at rear, dated 1893. Interior: mainly 1893-4 by Birch in neo-Jacobean and early C18 styles, but also incorporating some earlier features. Entrance hall: panelling and panelled door surrounds. Panelled ceiling with thin plaster ribs and fleur-de-lys ornament in corners. Stone fireplace of c.1800, possibly by J. H. Haycock, consisting of coupled unfluted columns with acanthus capitals, fluted frieze breaking forward over columns with carved squirrels, central half-H panel with guttae and carved raven, and moulded cornice. Staircase hall: panelling. Dog- leg staircase with panelled soffit, pulvinated bayleaf frieze, pierced carved scrolled balustrade, grip handrail, and square newel posts with carved squirrels. Round archway to entrance hall with imposts and key. Entrance to western room with large doorcase consisting of fluted pilasters and large broken pediment. First-floor blocked round-arched arcading on 2 sides with Doric pilasters, frieze and cornice. Archway to balcony above archway from entrance hall; wrought-iron balustrade with monogram. Coved roof with toplight. Library or hall off staircase hall: inglenook fireplace with pilastered surround, gadrooned frieze dated "AD/1894" in central cartouche, and swan-necked pediment with raven in cartouche. Bookcases with pilasters, dentil cornice, and fake books. 2 secret doors in bookcases. Window seat with carved squirrels as armrests. Left-hand ground-floor front room: dado panelling. C17-style fireplace with Ionic pilasters and overmantel with fluted acanthus colonettes, heavy moulded cornice and central panel with enamelled figure. Enriched plaster cornice and panelled plaster ceiling. Former drawing room: pair of C18-style fireplaces with lugged architraves and panelled overmantels. Late C18 style plaster ceiling. Head teacher's office: panelling with fluted Ionic pilasters, fluted frieze and dentil cornice, and bolection- moulded fireplace. Glazed entrance screen with broken segmental pediment, globe finials and scrolls to lower side panels. Lobby with depressed keyed arches. Dining room: panelling with fluted Ionic pilasters and panels for paintings. Marble fireplace of c.1800, possibly by J. H. Haycock, with free standing columns supporting triglyph frieze, breaking forward at ends. Reset C17 enriched plaster ceiling with strapwork, pendants, medallions with heads of the worthies, and central Royal coat of arms flanked by: "I R". Early C19 back staircase with stick balusters and ramped handrail and late C19 back staircase with turned balusters. Bedroom corridor around central hall has radial fanlights at intervals and doorcases with fret-ornamented pilasters and triangular pediments. Some bedrooms with early-C18 style fireplaces. Acton Reynald became the Corbet family home c.1800. The village was removed and the park enlarged or created sometime after 1841. B.O.E., p.51; Colvin, p.408; Ed. Francis Leach, The County Seats of Shropshire (1891), pp.71-4; Mrs Frances Stackhouse Acton, The Castles and Old Mansions of Shropshire (1865) p.53; Ed. Peter Reid, Burkes and Savills Guide to Country Houses, [Vol. II, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire (1980), p.73; H.S. Sims, The History of Acton Reynald.

Listing NGR: SJ5347023238


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Books and journals
Colvin, H M, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (1978), 408
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958), 51
Sims, H S, The History of Acton Reynald
Stackhouse Acton, F, The Castles and Old Mansions of Shropshire, (1868), 53
Reid, P, 'Burkes and Savills Guide to Country Houses' in Herefordshire Shropshire Warwickshire Worcestershire, , Vol. 2, (1980), 73


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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