- Sandon Hall
Sandon Hall is a 19th century country mansion, the seat of the
Earl of Harrowby, at Sandon, Staffordshire, five miles north northeast of Stafford. It is a Grade II* listed buildingset in 400 acres of parkland.
The Manor of Sandon came to Thomas Erdeswicke by marriage in about 1339 and was held by that family until the death of
Sampson Erdeswickein 1603. Thereafter it passed by marriage until it came to William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamiltonin the 17th century. The old manor house was replaced by a new house built in 1769 for Archibald Hamilton by Joseph Pickford of Derby.
The estate was purchased by
Nathaniel Ryder, 1st Baron Harrowbyin 1776 who retained architect Samuel Wyattto carry out extensive extensions and improvements. The house was severely damaged by fire in 1848 and was rebuilt in 1852 by Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowbyto a neo Jacobean design by architect William Burn.
In the park stands a
Doriccolumn erected in memory of William Pitt the Youngerin 1806.
The house is not generally open to the public but since 1994 the family have made it available for weddings and corporate hospitality events. Visits by parties are possible by prior arrangement.
* [http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=272295&resourceID=5 English Heritage: Architectural details of listed building]
* "A Survey of Staffordshire, Containing the Antiquities of that County" Erdeswicke and Harwood (1820) pp42-4 Google Books
* [http://www.sandonhall.co.uk/history.asp History of Sandon Hall]
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