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Ragley Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Arrow.
In the historic county of Warwickshire.
Modern Authority of Warwickshire.
1974 county of Warwickshire.
Medieval County of Warwickshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP07205553
Latitude 52.19767° Longitude -1.89751°

Ragley Hall has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

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


In 1370 John Rous of Ragley exchanged with the abbey lands in Ombersley, Worcs., for land and rent in Ragley and Kingley. In Dec. 1381 he received a pardon for crenellating a house above the gate of his manor of Ragley without licence, and was given leave to crenellate the remainder of the manor. (VCH)

A royal pardon and licence to crenellate was granted in 1381 Dec 8 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Presumably sited at location of Grade 1 listed C17 Ragley Hall, but grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown so any remains likely to be very scant. An uncited Wikipedia entry (accessed 16 April 2012) states "the Abbey sold Ragley to the Rous family who built an embattled castle thought to be on the site of what is the Rose Garden today." Quite the reason for thinking the medieval house was on a slightly different site than the Palladian House is unclear but not unreasonable.
It would be misleading to think the pardon meant the crenellated gatehouse was unlawful, as such houses were routinely built without licence. However, for forms sake a pardon would be given when the prestigious grant for the whole manor was made. What this does mean is that there certainly was a crenellated gatehouse as Ragley in 1381, rather than just the intent to build such.
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