Wootton Lodge

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Wootton Lodge

Wootton Lodge is a privately owned 17th-century country house situated at Wootton near Ellastone, Staffordshire, England. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]

The impressive west entrance front has basements and three storeys topped by a balustraded parapet. Five main bays are flanked at north and south by three-sided angled bays, all windows being mullioned and transomed. The rear courtyard has a pair of matching pavilions which are Grade II* listed.[2]

History[edit]

The nearby Calwich Abbey estate, owned prior to the Dissolution of the Monasteries by the Priory of Kenilworth, was in 1543 granted by Henry VIII to John Fleetwood (High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1548 and 1568), who converted the priory building into a house. Wootton Lodge was built about 1611 for Sir Richard Fleetwood Bt (High Sheriff in 1614) possibly by architect Robert Smythson.

During the English Civil War the house was held for the Crown and was badly damaged during a Parliamentary siege. It was restored in about 1700 when a flight of balustraded entrance steps was added.[1]

During the 19th and 20th centuries the house was occupied by several tenants, including Granville, Dewes, Unwin[3] and Heywood. In the 1930s it was briefly the home of Sir Oswald Mosley. After WW2 when great houses and their estates were being broken up, as staff were hard to obtain, the house was purchased by minor poet (Major) Alan Rook (of Skinner and Rook, wine merchants of Nottingham) to create two households, for himself and playwright partner Dennis Woodford, and his mother Dorothy Sophia Rook (in her youth one of the Brewills of Edwalton). Latterly the estate was purchased and much improved by J. C. Bamford and is still owned by his family.

Exterior shots of Wootton Lodge were used in the 1947 Technicolor film Blanche Fury, which starred Valerie Hobson and Stewart Granger.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b English Heritage. "Wootton Lodge (406072)". Images of England. 
  2. ^ English Heritage. "Wootton Lodge pavilions (406074)". Images of England. 
  3. ^ A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Samuel Lewis p 670

Coordinates: 52°59′29″N 1°51′32″W / 52.99139°N 1.85889°W / 52.99139; -1.85889