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Swynnerton Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Swinnerton

In the civil parish of Swynnerton.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Staffordshire.
1974 county of Staffordshire.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ85213544
Latitude 52.91621° Longitude -2.22134°

Swynnerton Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Licence to Roger de Swynnerton to crenellate his dwelling-place of Swynnerton, co. Stafford. (CPR)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1315 Oct 6 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Palliser reports pool marks site of moated house licensed in 1315 to Sir Roger Swynnerton. However, C18 Swynnerton Hall is next to the C12 Church of St Mary and it seems likely this was the site of earlier houses of the Swynnerton's. The house is associated with a park to the south. Roger Swynnerton was also granted a licence for a market and annual fair at Swynnerton in 1305.
Quite the reason for suggesting an isolated pond as the site of a licenced house is unclear, unless, as is commonly misconceived, Palliser though a licence to crenellate meant a strongly defended building was intended. The form of Roger Swynnerton C14 house is unknown but the relative ease with which it was replaced in the C18 does not suggest a strongly built house or much of a moat, if any. It is likely, as would be more typical, to have been a fine but mainly timber building, with some stonework decorated with crenellations.
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