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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1366722



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


District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Acton Burnell

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 13-Jun-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 14-May-1986

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 259654

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ACTON BURNELL C.P. ACTON BURNELL SJ 50 SW 6/3 Acton Burnell Castle (formerly listed as Ruins 13.6.58 of Acton Burnell Castle) GV I Fortified manor house, remains of. 1284-5 for Robert Burnell (died 1292) with some late C18 alterations. Roughly squared and coursed red and grey sandstone with ashlar dressings; C18 stone slate hipped roofs over west block and south-west tower. 4-bay central block formerly with first-floor 3-bay hall and one-bay chamber over ground- floor buttery and service chambers; small projecting garderobe block to west; projecting square corner towers: formerly containing garde- robe to north-west, stairs to upper chambers to south-west; possible chapel and stairs to hall to north-east, and stairs to undercroft to south-east. 2 and 3 storeys with 4-storey towers. Battlemented parapets; towers with moulded plinth and chamfered offsets. Large 2-light windows with cusped geometrical tracery, ground floor lancets to north; rectangular openings to towers. Disturbed masonry to central block is evidence of former buttresses; there was formerly a 2-span roof, springing from corbels and a now-demolished central hall arcade. Robert Burnell was Chancellor of England and Bishop of Bath and Wells; he also built a large palace at Wells with which the design of Acton Burnell has some affinities. The ruins were used as a barn in the C18 when the large depressed archways were created in the north and south walls. To the east of the house stand the gable ends of a large C13 stone barn (County A.M. (not included on this list) and the Church of St Mary (q.v.) lies immediately to the north-west. County A.M. No.1 . C.A. Ralegh Radford, Acton Burnell Castle, H.M.S.O., 1977; B.o.E., Pp.47-9; Ed A.P. Detsicas, Collectanea Historica, Maidstone: Kent Archaelogical Society (1981), Pp.85-92; Archaelogical Journal, Vol. 138 (1981), Pp.31-2.

Listing NGR: SJ5338201898

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958), 47-9
Ralegh Radford, CA, Acton Burnell Castle, (1977)
'Archaeological Journal' in Archaeological Journal, (1981)
Detsicas, A P, 'Collectanea Historica' in Collectanea Historica, (1981), 85-92
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 35 Shropshire,

National Grid Reference: SJ 53382 01898


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