Aqualate Hall

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Aqualate Hall
Gatehouse to Aqualate Hall

Aqualate Hall a 20th-century country house, is located in Staffordshire, England, some 3.5 km east of the market town of Newport, Shropshire and 17 km west of the County town of Stafford. It is a Grade II* listed building[1]

The first manor house on the site, built above the mere in the 16th century by Thomas Skrymsher [1] was rebuilt for Edwin Skrymsher ( Member of Parliament for Stafford) in the 17th century [1] just after he had completed nearby Forton Hall. The original building remained in much the same style until, Sir John Boughey bought the house in the late 18th century and in 1808 commissioned John Nash to rebuild it in the Gothic style.

The building was destroyed by fire on 28 November 1910. The present house, which incorporates some elements of the 17th-century house and of Nash's Gothic successor, was built between 1927 and 1930 by W.D. Caroe. An original range of gables by Nash joins the new house to an 18th-century stable block.

The hall has a landscaped deer park with many old trees and stands alongside Aqualate Mere.[2] In the grounds can be found two Gothic lodge-houses, and a red brick house with an attached castellated tower.

Etymology[edit]

The name Aqualate is from Anglo-Saxon Āc-gelād, probably in the sense "difficult passage over wet ground by the oak trees"; there is much wet and boggy ground in the area and a mere.

See also[edit]

Aqualate mere

References[edit]

Coordinates: 52°46′28″N 2°20′11″W / 52.7745°N 2.3363°W / 52.7745; -2.3363