Hodnet Old Hall was a timber-framed manor house surrounded by the park which was recorded on Christopher Saxton's Map of Shropshire in the late 16th century.  Historically it was owned by the Heber family, the family of the noted English cleric Reginald Heber. In 1752 a Richard Heber received the manor and estate as a bequest from a cousin of his wife. On Richard Heber's death in 1766 his brother, named Reginald, who had taken Holy Orders and was co-rector of the parish of Malpas in Cheshire, inherited the estate. The old hall was demolished in 1870 when a new hall in the neo-Elizabethan style was built.
In the 20th century the hall was used as a convalescent hospital during the world wars, and in World War II there was an airfield in the grounds for the storage and dispersal of aircraft from Ternhill and RAF Shawbury.
Today the hall is particularly noted for its gardens, created in 1922 when rare trees, shrubs and a chain of seven lakes and pools was added. The gardens contains rhododendrons, camellias, crocuses, daffodils and magnolias. They are open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holidays from early April to late September.
- Hodnet - a brief history, Hodnet Parish Council, retrieved 10 June 2014
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- "Robert Heber-Percy". Faringdon Community Website. South West Oxfordshire. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
- "Hodnet Hall Gardens". Shropshiretourism.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
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