Dorlestone Hall

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Dorlestone or Darlaston Hall
(from 'Staffordshire Past-Track' website)

Dorlestone Hall was a manor house at Darlaston, a locality also known as Dorlestone, near Stone, Staffordshire, England.

The Hall was built prior to the Reformation, when its ownership passed from Burton Abbey to a merchant named James Collier. The property is associated with Richard Barnfield, who is one of the candidates for Shakespeare's "Rival Poet".[1] A "Richard Barnfield of Dorlestone in the Countie of Stafford Esquire" who died here in 1627, was formerly believed to be the poet,[2] but current thinking is that the death recorded was that of his father whose name he shared.

In 1880 the estate was acquired by the Meakin family from the Jervis family.[3] It was demolished after the Second World War.[4]


  1. ^ Leo Daugherty, William Shakespeare, Richard Barnfield, and the Sixth Earl of Derby, Cambria Press, 2010
  2. ^ For example, this was the view taken by A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature s:A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature/Barnfield, Richard
  3. ^ The White House, Darlaston Hall Estate, Stone. Staffordshire County Council
  4. ^ Staffordshire Arts & Museum Service (2003). "Staffordshire Past Track -Aerial View of Darlaston Hall, Stone". Staffordshire County Council. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°54′33″N 2°10′30″W / 52.9092°N 2.175°W / 52.9092; -2.175