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Overview

The Simpson family have been conducting guided tours around their home since the 1960s. The newest addition to the tour these days is the large archaeological dig.

This has provided considerable interest, as we believe we have the remains of a Norman Castle inside the grounds. The discoveries on the mound have reshaped the tours that are conducted in the house as the finds tie in in with the various occupants that have lived at Burton Court over the centuries. We now have collected the largest medieval pottery find in Herefordshire.

Along with the Medieval, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, the owners also have on display a variety of exhibitions including costumes, militaria, natural history and ship models.


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From Hereford (13 miles): Take the A4110 North via Canon Pyon. Keep on this road for around 4 miles after Canon Pyon until you reach a Y Fork in the road just over a humpback bridge. Take a left at this fork and follow this narrow road for around a mile until you reach a crossroads. Go straight on at the crossroads onto the A44 towards Pembridge, Kington and Rhayader. Take the second turning right (marked for Burton Court) and follow the signs.

From Leominster (5 miles): Follow the signs to Rhayader (A44). At traffic lights proceed up the hill and go straight on at roundabout keeping Morrisons supermarket on your left. After a few hundred yards the road Y forks take a left here and stay on the A44 for 4 miles and you will see the signposts for Burton Court.

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Forthcoming Tours

5 May 2020
2PM - 4PM | £14.00

9 Jun 2020
2PM - 4PM | £14.00

15 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £14.00

Tour Overview

Personal guided tours conducted by the owners. Tour will include all the main rooms on the ground floor; the 900 years of history of the Court; the gardens and the archaeological mound.

Tour duration

2 hours

Tour prices

£14

Refreshments

Cream tea. Lunch available for groups.

Access notes

Wheelchair access through a side entrance. Everywhere in the house and garden is accessible except the archaeological mound.

Restrictions

No dogs, except guide dogs.

 


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From Hereford (13 miles): Take the A4110 North via Canon Pyon. Keep on this road for around 4 miles after Canon Pyon until you reach a Y Fork in the road just over a humpback bridge. Take a left at this fork and follow this narrow road for around a mile until you reach a crossroads. Go straight on at the crossroads onto the A44 towards Pembridge, Kington and Rhayader. Take the second turning right (marked for Burton Court) and follow the signs.

From Leominster (5 miles): Follow the signs to Rhayader (A44). At traffic lights proceed up the hill and go straight on at roundabout keeping Morrisons supermarket on your left. After a few hundred yards the road Y forks take a left here and stay on the A44 for 4 miles and you will see the signposts for Burton Court.

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Burton Court's history and features

Like many great houses Burton Court has evolved over the centuries into what it is today. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book the Manor of Burton (literally means fortified dwelling place) has a long and fascinating history stretching over the last 900 years.

Burton Court has been mentioned in the intermittent skirmishes between the English and Welsh since medieval times. It was here that Henry, Prince of Wales (later Henry V) stationed his troops to watch over the movements of Owen Glendower in 1402. More recently Queen Mary had afternoon tea here with Lady of the Manor and didn’t take her gloves off when eating her cucumber sandwiches.

Architecturally Burton Court is varied with influences ranging from Norman, Medieval, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian periods. The Norman influence is noticeable in parts of the cellars and also on a large archaeological dig in the grounds that has been ongoing here since 2000. We have since amassed the largest medieval pottery collection in the county. We are still waiting to prove if we have the remains of an earlier castle settlement. 

The centrepiece of the house is the spectacular 14th Century Great Hall; a remarkable survivor of medieval architecture that dates back to 1330. The room has been described as the finest of its type in the West Midlands. The Great Hall was used as a Court of law for centuries, hence Burton Court. Oddly enough the court rolls in the 17th Century state that people were held to court for not doing enough archery practice!