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Acton Burnell Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Acton Burnell, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.6128 / 52°36'46"N

Longitude: -2.6899 / 2°41'23"W

OS Eastings: 353382

OS Northings: 301898

OS Grid: SJ533018

Mapcode National: GBR BM.8DGR

Mapcode Global: WH8C7.NL98

Plus Code: 9C4VJ876+42

Entry Name: Acton Burnell Castle

Listing Date: 13 June 1958

Last Amended: 14 May 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1366722

English Heritage Legacy ID: 259654

ID on this website: 101366722

Location: Acton Burnell, Shropshire, SY5

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Acton Burnell

Built-Up Area: Acton Burnell

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Acton Burnell

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Acton Burnell Castle

(formerly listed as Ruins of Acton Burnell Castle)


Fortified manor house, remains of.1284-5 for Robert Burnell (died 1292) with some late C18 alterations. Roughly squared and coursed red and grey sandstone with ashlar dressings; C18 stone slate hipped roofs over west block and south-west tower.

Four-bay central block formerly with first-floor three-bay hall and one-bay chamber over ground-floor buttery and service chambers; small projecting garderobe block to west; projecting square corner towers: formerly containing garde-robe to north-west, stairs to upper chambers to south-west; possible chapel and stairs to hall to north-east, and stairs to undercroft to south-east.

Two and three storeys with four-storey towers. Battlemented parapets; towers with moulded plinth and chamfered offsets. Large two-light windows with cusped geometrical tracery, ground floor lancets to north; rectangular openings to towers. Disturbed masonry to central block is evidence of former buttresses; there was formerly a two-span roof, springing from corbels and a now-demolished central hall arcade.

Robert Burnell was Chancellor of England and Bishop of Bath and Wells; he also built a large palace at Wells with which the design of Acton Burnell has some affinities. The ruins were used as a barn in the C18 when the large depressed archways were created in the north and south walls. To the east of the house stand the gable ends of a large C13 stone barn (County A.M. No.1a) (not included on this list) and the Church of St Mary (q.v.) lies immediately to the north-west.

Listing NGR: SJ5338201898

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