High House Stafford

Ancient High House Stafford

I think this is a more recent version of an illustration I had published in the book – “The Travellers Guide to the Battlefields of the English Civil War” by Martyn Bennett – now Professor at Nottingham Trent University. The original brief I had was to make a series of drawings of key locations in the East Midlands connected with the conflict, the Stafford House being just one.
According to Prof Bennett’s book, the house was used as a prisoner of war camp, housing Royalist troops, however the official website has this to add –

The Ancient High House is one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Once dominating the skyline of Stafford, it is the largest remaining timber framed town house in England.

Royalty was welcomed to the house in 1642 when King Charles I stayed there en route to Shrewsbury, and the house retains an extensive collection of period furniture and architectural features. It is also the home of the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum.

Built in around 1595 for the wealthy Dorrington family, the ornate timber framed building is reputed to be the largest surviving timber framed town house in England from the Tudor period.

Perhaps the idea of a town centre picturesque building being a prison is not particularly palatable.

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