Information for record number MWA7586:
Charlecote Hall

Summary Charlecote Hall, a Post Medieval (Tudor) house at the heart of Charlecote Park. The house lies 350m south west of St Leonards Church.
What Is It?  
Type: House, Country House, Gatehouse
Period: Post-medieval (1540 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Charlecote
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 25 56
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Listed Building (Grade: I)
Sites & Monuments Record
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1 According to Dugdale, the house was built in the first year of Elizabeth I's reign (1559-60). The house was originally made up of a main block one room deep with two projecting wings.
2 The Grade I Listed Charlecote Park house was begun in 1558 for Sir Thomas Lucy. It was restored and enlarged c1829 and c1847-67. A number of important outbuildings and other structures are attached, including the Grade I Listed gatehouse (1558), 16th century stables and a brewhouse, lodges and a mid 19th century orangery. The house was surrounded by a deer park and formal gardens in the Post Medieval period and by a landscape park from the 18th century onwards.
3 Charlecote has been in the hands of the Lucy family since the 12th century but the history of the present house began in 1551 when Thomas Lucy inherited the estate. The early house was an old demense-house of wood and stone and was demolished by Thomas Lucy. According to Dugdale the present house was built in 1559-60 but it is uncertain if this is the date of completion or instigation. Others such as the VCH suggest it was built in 1558. Alterations to the west wing in 1999-2000 revealed elements of original 16th century building work including timber framing on the second floor and parts of early doorsways behind panelling in the main staircase on the ground floor ans first floor after removal of 19th century stud walls and temporary removal of 18th century panelling. The removal of the sprial staircase in the north-east turret revealed make up of the plaster ans areas of internal brickwork and segmental brick arches above the doorways. The latter probably relate to the renovation of the doorways in the mid 19th century.

Source No: 3
Source Type: Archaeological Report
Title: Observation of the alterations to the North Wing, Charlecote Park
Author/originator: Coutts C Dr
Date: 2001
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Report 0105
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwickshire Country Houses
Author/originator: Tyack G
Date: 1994
Page Number:
Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England
Author/originator: English Heritage
Date: 1994
Page Number:
Charlecote Hall
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 2000
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A view of Charlecote Hall and its gatehouse
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1900s
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designation Listed Building Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a statutory list. These buildings are protected by planning and conservation acts that ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them.

Depending on how important the buildings are they are classed as Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II. Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest. Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Those listed as Grade II are those buildings that are regarded of special interest.
source VCH The Victoria County History of the Counties of England. This publication covers the history of each county in England. For Warwickshire, seven volumes were published between 1904 and 1964. They comprise a comprehensive account of the history of each town and village in the county, and important families connected to local history. Each volume is organised by 'hundred', an Anglo-Saxon unit of land division. The Victoria County History also contains general chapters about Warwickshire's prehistory, ecclesiastical and economic history. A copy of each volume is held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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monument COUNTRY HOUSE * The rural residence of a country gentleman. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument LODGE * A small building, often inhabited by a gatekeeper, gamekeeper or similar. Use specific type where known. back
monument BREWHOUSE * An outbuilding containing brewing equipment, as opposed to a large commercial BREWERY. Often found in conjunction with public houses, country houses etc. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument DEER PARK * A large park for keeping deer. In medieval times the prime purpose was for hunting. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument FORMAL GARDEN * A garden of regular, linear or geometrical design, often associated with the traditional Italian, French and Dutch styles. back
monument PARK * An enclosed piece of land, generally large in area, used for hunting, the cultivation of trees, for grazing sheep and cattle or visual enjoyment. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ARCH * A structure over an opening usually formed of wedge-shaped blocks of brick or stone held together by mutual pressure and supported at the sides; they can also be formed from moulded concrete/ cast metal. A component; use for free-standing structure only. back
monument TURRET * A small tower or bartizan, which was often placed at the angles of a castle, to increase the flanking ability, some only serving as corner buttresses. Also used to describe the small rectangular towers situated between the milecastles along Hadrians Wall. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument GATEHOUSE * A gateway with one or more chambers over the entrance arch; the flanking towers housing stairs and additional rooms. Use with wider site type where known. back
monument OUTBUILDING * A detached subordinate building. Use specific type where known, eg. DAIRY. back
monument WOOD * A tract of land with trees, sometimes acting as a boundary or barrier, usually smaller and less wild than a forest. back
monument GARDEN * An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables and/or recreational purposes. Use more specific type where known. back
monument LANDSCAPE PARK * Grounds, usually associated with a country house, laid out so as to produce the effect of natural scenery back
monument STRUCTURE * A construction of unknown function, either extant or implied by archaeological evidence. If known, use more specific type. back
monument ORANGERY * A gallery or building in a garden, usually south facing, used for the growing of oranges and other fruit. back
monument STABLE * A building in which horses are accommodated. back
monument WALL * An enclosing structure composed of bricks, stones or similar materials, laid in courses. Use specific type where known. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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