Merevale Hall

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Merevale Hall
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Merevale Hall, Warwickshire
General information
Town or city Merevale, Warwickshire
Country England
Completed 1840 (Present Building)

Merevale Hall is a private country house in Merevale, near Atherstone, Warwickshire. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]

The Manor of Merevale was granted in 1540 to Sir Walter Devereux.[2] The Devereux estates were sequestered in 1601 following the attainder and execution of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex for treason.[2]

The estate was purchased by Edward Stratford in 1649 and became the seat of the Stratford family.[2] In 1767 the Merevale sole heiress Penelope Stratford married Richard Geast who had inherited the neighbouring estate of Blyth Hall from his maternal uncle John Dugdale in 1749 and who in 1799 adopted the surname Dugdale.[2]

The old 17th century seven bayed manor house was rebuilt in 1840 in monumental style to designs by architect Edward Blore.[3] Particular features include a square central tower and four slim corner towers topped by cupolas.[3]

The Dugdales later became Dugdale baronets,[2] of Merevale and Blyth. The family remain in residence at both estates.

The Hall is not open to the public.

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Coordinates: 52°34′24″N 1°33′55″W / 52.5733°N 1.5654°W / 52.5733; -1.5654