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by Francis Smith
Chillington Hall is a Georgian country house near Brewood, Staffordshire, four miles north-west of Wolverhampton. It is the residence of the Giffard family. The Grade-I-listed house was designed by Francis Smith in 1724 and John Soane in 1785. The park and lake were landscaped by Capability Brown.
In the Domesday Book, Chillington (Cillintone) is entered under Warwickshire as forming part of the estates of William FitzCorbucion. His grandson Peter Corbesun of Studley granted Chillington to Peter Giffard, his wife's nephew, for a sum of 25 marks and a charger of metal.
The present house is the third on the site. In the 12th century there was a stone castle on the site, a small corner of which can be seen in the cellars of the present house, and beside it the original house. This house was replaced in the 16th century by Sir John Giffard, who was High Sheriff of Staffordshire on five occasions. Peter Giffard began the third building by demolishing and replacing part of Sir John's Tudor house in 1724. This rebuilding replaced the existing south front of three storeys in red facing bricks with stone dressing.
In about 1725, Peter Giffard planted the long avenue of oak trees which formed the original approach to the house, but he probably incorporated many existing trees. During the 1770s, Capability Brown designed the landscape park and lake to the south of the house for Thomas Giffard the elder.
There are a number of Grade-II and Grade-II* listed structures on the estate. The Grade-II*-listed dovecote and stable block are on the Buildings at Risk Register.
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about Chillington Hall)
- Chillington Hall Official Website
- Chillington Hall entry from The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses
- National Heritage List England no. 1060191: Grade I
- Buildings at Risk Register: Chillington
- Parks and Gardens UK - Chillington record