Shotwick House

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Shotwick House
Shotwick Park.jpg
The entrance front of Shotwick Park
in about 1879
LocationGreat Saughall, Cheshire, England
Coordinates53°13′32″N 2°57′47″W / 53.2256°N 2.9631°W / 53.2256; -2.9631Coordinates: 53°13′32″N 2°57′47″W / 53.2256°N 2.9631°W / 53.2256; -2.9631
OS grid referenceSJ 358 702
Built forHorace Dormer Trelawney
Restored byThorneycroft Vernon
ArchitectJohn Douglas
Architectural style(s)Neo-Elizabethan
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated10 October 1985
Reference no.1115438
Shotwick House is located in Cheshire
Shotwick House
Location in Cheshire

Shotwick House (originally known as Shotwick Park) is a large house in Great Saughall, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


The house was built in 1872 for Horace Dormer Trelawny and designed by the Chester architect John Douglas.[2] In 1907 it was damaged by fire and following this it was rebuilt and extended, the architect again being John Douglas; at this time the owner was Thorneycroft Vernon.[3] In the later part of the 20th century it was in use as a nursing home.[1][4] Its stable courtyard, also designed by John Douglas, is listed at Grade II.[5]


Shotwick Park is built in brick with a tiled roof in neo-Elizabethan style.[6] The main front has seven bays with each external bay forming a turret; the turret on the left is larger and higher than that on the right. Both turrets are polygonal in shape, each with a pyramidal roof having a lead finial and a weather vane. The front has two storeys, other than the left turret that has three storeys. The central bay projects forwards and is canted. The roofs are steeply-sloping and are hipped; over each of the central five bays is a hipped gable. Tall chimneys rise from the roofs.[1]

The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner in the Buildings of England series describes it as a "fine" house.[6] In Douglas' biography, Edward Hubbard refers to its "massive solidity and indefinable form, its heavy hipped and gabled roofs and its elaborate use of brick".[7] The architectural writers Figueirdo and Treuherz comment that the house "is an effective composition from a distance, but close to, the detailing is dull".[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Shotwick House, Saughall (1115438)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 August 2012
  2. ^ Hubbard 1991, p. 243
  3. ^ Hubbard 1991, p. 275
  4. ^ a b de Figueiredo & Treuherz 1988, p. 270
  5. ^ Historic England, "Stable courtyard at Shotwick House, Saughall (1330285)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 August 2012
  6. ^ a b Pevsner & Hubbard 2003, p. 229
  7. ^ Hubbard 1991, p. 115