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Tixall, The Gatehouse

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Tixall Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ97912294
Latitude 52.80401° Longitude -2.03243°

Tixall, The Gatehouse has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

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

Description

Built circa 1575 and a very stylish specimen of Elizabethan design. Ashlar faced and retangular with octagonal ogee-domed turrets at the angles and central. archway. 3 storeys, each decorated with an Order of columns: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian, Balustraded parapet. The interior is gutted and the roof almost gone. Mullioned and transomed windows. (Listed Building Report)
Comments

Gatehouse to lost C16 Hall a 'particularly resilient and widespread castle-inspired feature' (Goodall, p. 458) although only the general form could said to be 'defensive'. A late C17 engraving of the gatehouse shows an uncrenellated boundary wall which does make the gatehouse make more sense than its current, rather splendid, isolation.
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This record last updated 11/05/2017 22:22:22

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