The Shugborough estate was owned by the Bishops of Lichfield until the Dissolution of the Monasteries around 1540 and therefter passed through several hands until it was purchased in 1624 by William Anson, a lawyer, of Dunston, Staffordshire. In about 1693 his grandson William Anson demolished the old house and created a new mansion.. The entrance front then to the west, comprised a balustraded three-storey, seven-bayed central block. In about 1748 his great grandson Thomas Anson commissioned architect Thomas Wright to remodel the house, which was extended with flanking two-storey, three-bayed pavilions linked to the central block by pedimented passages. At the turn of the 18th century the house was further altered and extended by architect Samuel Wyatt, when the pavilions and passages were incorporated into the main building and a new porticoed entrance front with ten Doric order pillars was created at the east for Thomas Anson, the 1st Viscount Anson and his wife Anne Margaret Coke. Like Monday’s image of the front of Shugborough Hall the back doesn’t look particularly artistic in design either, in my opinion, although there are some fine shrubs and lawns.
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