Benthall Hall

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Coordinates: 52°37′14″N 2°30′24″W / 52.6206°N 2.5067°W / 52.6206; -2.5067

Benthall Hall
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Benthall Hall
Benthall Hall is located in Shropshire
Benthall Hall
Location within Shropshire
General information
Location Benthall
Town or city Shropshire
Country England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°37′14″N 2°30′24″W / 52.6206°N 2.5067°W / 52.6206; -2.5067
Completed c.1580

Benthall Hall is a 16th-century English country house located in Benthall close to the town of Broseley, Shropshire, England, and a few miles from the historic Ironbridge Gorge. It retains much of its fine oak interior, and an elaborate 17th-century staircase. It is still occupied by the Benthall family, but has been owned by the National Trust since 1958, and is open to the public two to three afternoons a week during the summer season (March–September).

The Hall was built around 1580, probably on the site of an earlier 12th-century medieval manor and manor house. During the Civil War it was garrisoned, and was a site of several skirmishes.

The garden is largely the product of two tenants. George Maw (1832–1912), local pottery manufacturer and crocus enthusiast developed the garden from around 1865 onwards. Subsequently, the Victorian era Romantic painter and sculptor Robert Bateman (1842–1922), who was the son of a famous horticulturalist, added the rockeries and terraces of the current garden.

The Commonwealth era church of St. Bartholomew stands close by the Hall. The Shropshire Way, a waymarked long-distance footpath, passes through the extensive woodland that lies to the north, between the estate and the River Severn.

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There was a steam railway engine called Benthall Hall, built in 1948 and withdrawn in 1965.[1]

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