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Shugborough is a country estate in Great Haywood, Staffordshire, England, 4 miles from Stafford on the edge of Cannock Chase. It comprises a country house, kitchen garden, and model farm.  In 1960, Patrick Lichfield inherited Shugborough from his grandfather the Fourth Earl of Lichfield, Thomas Edward Anson.  It had been his grandfather’s desire to open the house to the public and a landmark agreement was reached to do just this in 1966.

 

The National Trust took ownership of the property while Staffordshire County Council committed to lease, conserve and maintain the property for 99 years. It is thanks to this lease that the house, utilitarian buildings and gardens are as we see them today.  


In the grounds have been built 8 monuments over the years, I managed to photograph 6 of them during our visit in September and you will see each of these six during the week.

Shugborough 1/7

Shugborough is a country estate in Great Haywood, Staffordshire, England, 4 miles from Stafford on the edge of Cannock Chase. It comprises a country house, kitchen garden, and model farm.  In 1960, Patrick Lichfield inherited Shugborough from his grandfather the Fourth Earl of Lichfield, Thomas Edward Anson.  It had been his grandfather’s desire to open the house to the public and a landmark agreement was reached to do just this in 1966.

 

The National Trust took ownership of the property while Staffordshire County Council committed to lease, conserve and maintain the property for 99 years. It is thanks to this lease that the house, utilitarian buildings and gardens are as we see them today.  


In the grounds have been built 8 monuments over the years, I managed to photograph 6 of them during our visit in September and you will see each of these six during the week.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Oct 2011, 01:50
Do they keep bulls inside that fence, Brian, or is it just that the silver beet is very aggressive?
Brian Walbey: Lol.No it is a lovely area of grass and the parkland and trees behind it Ray, usual rich persons outlook in fact.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Oct 2011, 02:41
Impressive
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Oct 2011, 05:08
Love the composition of the picture.
Impressive looking building.
The National Trust is doing a great thing to keep these places open for the public.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. This is a lovely building, later during the winter I will show some of the inside.
Oh! i like this framing with the trees Brian... and the shadows from the fence....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter.
I love that long curving fence and its shadow.
What a huge building to be called a country house. Imagine the number of staff needed to run this as a home.
Brian Walbey: Yes this is quite a big house Sheila and lovely inside.
The ruling classes knew how to look after themselves.
Brian Walbey: They certainly did Richard, indeed they still do.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Oct 2011, 07:32
English history like this still continues to amaze me, Brian. Places like this seem to be around every bend in the road!
Brian Walbey: There are lots of them about Ginnie. You will be amazed at the six monuments out of the total of eight I will be showing for the rest of the series.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 3 Oct 2011, 10:17
I suspect that large portico to be a later addition Brian.
Brian Walbey: Usually these big houses were built in stages Chad, as funds allowed presumably.
A very nice building Brian. I take it that Partick Lichfield, was the photographer, who is related to the Queen of England.
Brian Walbey: Yes that is the right man Frances, there is a small display of some of his more well known images, mainly from the 60's when he was one of the London "in-crowd", and they are very good of course.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2011, 10:30
Great composition Brian, I like the way the fence leads you to the house, lovely place smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda, I tried a few compositions and this seemed the best.
Nice use of the railing as a lead in.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, I tried a few compositions and this seemed the best.
I like the fence shadow
Brian Walbey: Yes that caught my eye as I was composing this one, it helps take away the large area of plain grass.
Oh wow Brian. That is a very dramatic introduction to the place.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Janet.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Oct 2011, 17:23
It looks to be a sober sort of place Brian
Brian Walbey: There is a lot going on Chris, they do daily re-enactments in the servants quarters and all that sort of thing. Being a working day we older folks can have these sort of places almost to ourselves, hence a lack of people.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2011, 20:06
I like the way you have the fence in the foreground drawing you into the property.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Cherie, I tried a few composition but like this the best.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2011, 20:28
A nice little place. Patrick Litchfield always came over nearly normal(!) so I'm pleased that he has done what he can to use the house to its full advantage. I like the lead-in with railings; typical country estate!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. There is a small display of some of his work in the house, very good images as one would expect.
We went to Shugborough back in 2007 but the weather wasn't up to much and nor were my pictures grin This looks good
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. Shame you had a poor day for your visit.
very nice, the angle u've approached this from is just right!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sesan, I tried a few angles but liked this best.

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