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Latitude: 52.6129 / 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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1366722
English Heritage Legacy ID: 259654
Location: Acton Burnell, Shropshire, SY5
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
SJ 50 SW
ACTON BURNELL C.P.
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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