Delve into the history of Cronkhill on the Attingham estate

Cronkhill designed by John Nash is part of the Attingham Estate in Shropshire

Cronkhill is currently closed to restrict the spread of coronavirus. During this time you can read up on its history, from home.

From a generous gesture for a friend to a family bolt hole; take a look at the changing purpose of this Italianate Villa.


Built for a friend

Cronkhill was built for Francis Walford, a friend and agent of the 2nd Lord Berwick, who lived in the mansion at nearby Attingham Park.
It was designed by John Nash, the renowned architect behind many famous landmarks such as Regent Street in London and Brighton Pavilion. Nash also designed the Picture Gallery at Attingham Park.

Severed ties

Walford took residency at Cronkhill in 1806. However, in a letter from 1828 Lord Berwick complained of Walford’s neglect of duty.
Their relationship seems to have turned sour and Walford eventually left both Cronkhill and the service of Lord Berwick.

Modest means

Following Walford’s residency, Cronkhill was mainly occupied by members of the Berwick family. It offered a more modest home for them, with Attingham either being shut up or tenanted during this time.
Cronkhill’s most notable resident was the 5th Lord Berwick, who kept a prize-winning herd of Hereford cattle there. He also named his innovative ‘Cronkhill Rifle’ after the house.

Cronkhill today

In the 1920s, the 8th Lord and Lady Berwick returned to Attingham. The current tenant is Rupert Acton, who manages the nearby Acton Scott Estate.