The Hall as it stands today was built in the late sixteenth century – with the remains of a fifteenth-century Great Hall – and is reputed to be the oldest dated house built entirely of brick in Shropshire. A ‘date-stone’ of 1580 can clearly be seen on the front of the house from the Moat Lawn.
From the fourteenth century until 1926, the historic estate belonged to the Cressett family – Shropshire landowners and royalist courtiers – and their descendants. The Cressett direct line died out with the death of Elizabeth Cressett in 1792, after which the estate passed through various branches of the Pelham Cressett and Thursby Pelham family (which included two prime ministers).
The site of the Hall is ancient. It is recorded in the Domesday Book and in nearby fields there are the remains of a second century Roman settlement. The surrounding land is also the site of a deserted medieval village, traces of which remain as earthworks. A tiny Norman church, dedicated to St Michael, stands nearby and is maintained by the The Churches Conservation Trust.
Parts of the Hall date to 1380 and are the remains of an earlier manor which belonged to the de Upton family. In the thirteenth century, the de Uptons were Verderers of the Royal Forest of Morfe and Knights and suitors to Holgate Castle, and the last of their line married into the Cressett family in the fourteenth century.
Open from May to September, every Wednesday and Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Guided tour from 2.30pm at various times in the year. See their website for further details, or view Tours to see the latest available tours.
There is no access to the hall unguided.
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Upton Cressett welcomes group tours all year by appointment. We have welcomed hundreds of group visits, including classic car clubs civic societies, history groups, garden tour groups, Rotary clubs, WI and local guild groups, students, art and painting groups, archaeological groups and walking parties.
We can accommodate group visits of all sizes, starting at 14 guests for afternoon tea and a minimum of 12 guest for lunch to a maximum of 30 guests. Group tours are often led by the owner, family member or our head guide Richard. Tour and tea (including home-made cake) is £17.50 per head. Buffet lunches are available for group tours with refreshments (including wine), at £35 per head. Sample group lunch menus available on request or download menus below. *If you are a smaller group we work on a minimum spend policy to cover our costs. (£240 for tour and tea, starting at £400 for tour an lunch)
What the critics say...
“The gatehouse is an Elizabethan gem” - Simon Jenkins, England's Thousand Best Houses
“One of Britain's finest stately homes” - Daily Telegraph
“A splendid example of the English manor house at its most evocative” - Country Life
“A remarkable Tudor house of brick” - Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England
“A remote and beautiful place” - Sir John Betjeman, former Poet Laureate
“One of the most interesting group of buildings I have ever seen” - Duke of Grafton, SPAB
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