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Overview

Set in the rolling South Shropshire countryside near Ludlow with panoramic views, a magnificent late Victorian mansion and family home with a stunning oak carved, double height, galleried Great Hall.

Stokesay Court rose to fame as the setting for the Tallis House in the film "Atonement" starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

The house was built in 1889 for John Derby Allcroft, a partner in glovemakers J & W Dent. The architect, Thomas Harris, deployed the most modern technological developments of the time.

Well preserved examples of some of the earliest electric lighting and heating are visible today. The visitor will discover an unusually unaltered and intact interior for a house of this period.

In WW1 the house became an Auxiliary Military Hospital for convalescent soldiers. Stokesay Court's remarkable hospital archive contains around 300 letters from soldiers and their families, and many official hospital documents.

After WW2 the house fell into gradual decline. John Derby Allcroft's granddaughter Jewell and her biographer husband, Sir Philip Magnus lived in one wing.

In 1994 a major contents sale took place following Jewell's death, and in 1995 her niece, Caroline Magnus, moved in and began restoring the house and refurnishing the interiors. The work is still ongoing.

Today's visitors get a glimpse of the Victorian past as well as experiencing the present day revival. There are also behind the scenes views of "Atonement's" setting and artefacts from the film.


Opening
Opening

Individuals and small parties can pre-book tours on the dates advertised on our website.

Tours starting at 2.30 pm April - September

Tours starting at 2pm - October

Find Us
Find us

Between Ludlow and Craven Arms, just off the A49 and close to the level crossing at Onibury.

Nearest stations are Ludlow or Craven Arms. 435 bus stops next to the level crossing on A49. The house is approx. one mile from the bus stop.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome by arranegment. Refreshments, lunch and dinner can be provided. 

Please contact us to arrange:

info@stokesaycourt.com

+44 (0)1584 856238 

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Stokesay Court offers an elegant and distinctive venue for business gatherings and entertaining.

Total privacy, a relaxed atmosphere and graceful surroundings; Stokesay is the ideal setting for a successful and unforgettable corporate event.

The Great Hall and Dining Room are available for hire, either separately or in combination. Alternatively, a marquee may be sited on the terrace or front lawn. Excellent refreshments can be tailored to your needs by our recommended caterers.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

Opening
Opening

Individuals and small parties can pre-book tours on the dates advertised on our website.

Tours starting at 2.30 pm April - September

Tours starting at 2pm - October

Find Us
Find us

Between Ludlow and Craven Arms, just off the A49 and close to the level crossing at Onibury.

Nearest stations are Ludlow or Craven Arms. 435 bus stops next to the level crossing on A49. The house is approx. one mile from the bus stop.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome by arranegment. Refreshments, lunch and dinner can be provided. 

Please contact us to arrange:

info@stokesaycourt.com

+44 (0)1584 856238 

Other opening

Private Tours

Meet the Owners of Two Shropshire Gems

Enjoy an afternoon tour of the glorious gardens at Broadward Hall, followed by an early evening visit to Stokesay Court - the magnificent Victorian mansion featured in the film 'Atonement'.

Broadward Hall estate is a site of special scientific interest. Visitors will tour the gardens and see the first stage of renovation of the Victorian walled garden, then visit the Victorian pump house, restored with a grant from DEFRA, and the site where a Bronze Age hoard was discovered in the mid-19th century (now in the British Museum). Those who are interested can visit the early 19th century archery walk lined with giant sequoia trees.

Afternoon tea, served in the music room, is followed by an early evening tour of the house at Stokesay Court, a magnificent late Victorian mansion with a stunning oak-carved, double-height, galleried Great Hall. The house was built in 1889 for John Derby Allcroft, a partner in glovemakers J & W Dent. The architect, Thomas Harris, deployed the most modern technological developments of the time. Well preserved examples of some of the earliest electric lighting and heating are visible today. The visitor will discover an unusually unaltered and intact interior for a house of this period. It is famous as the location for The Tallis House in the film Atonement.

Tickets £45 including afternoon tea at Broadward Hall and drinks and canapés at Stokesay Court.


Stokesay Court's history and features

John Derby-Allcroft was a partner in Dent-Allcroft, glove manufacturers in Worcester. He bought the Stokesay Castle Estate in 1867 and added land to it over 21 years, finally purchasing the Aldon Estate where he built his dream house and home for his growing family. The architect was Thomas Harris.

Building work began in 1889 and John Derby-Allcroft's family moved in six months before he died in 1893. The architect was Thomas Harris. In 1900 the house passed to his eldest son, Herbert, who married Margaret Russell, daughter of Sir William Russell of Charlton Park, Gloucestershire. They had two children, Russell and Jewell. When Herbert died in 1911 Margaret took on the running of the house until her death in 1946.

Stokesay Court became a soldiers’ convalescent home on 19th April 1915, with 10 beds, rising to 30. Each man had his own room. Hospital trains from Southampton brought the wounded and sick soldiers to Berrington War Hospital at Atcham for assessment before transferring to a convalescent hospital. Mrs Allcroft was the Commandant of the hospital.

The average stay was around six weeks. If well enough, soldiers were expected to help with chores.  For recreation there were concerts, boating trips, and sports. Stokesay Court remarkable hospital archive, contains around 300 letters from soldiers and their wives, as well as official hospital documents such as accounts and food returns.

Read more about Stokesay Court's history


A word from the owner

No two days are the same. I may be taking a tour, entertaining friends and family, laying fires and keeping them going in winter, organising events, making sure that there are enough supplies, shopping, supervising builders. There is never a dull moment and rarely enough time for rest and relaxation.

Things to See

Fun Facts

The house contains around 300 letters from WW1 soldiers containing moving stories of their daily lives.