The story of this pastoral community

A sketch of Morville by Ascott Davies, 1989

Originally an Elizabethan house, Morville Hall was extensively enlarged and expanded around 1750, giving it the appearance of a Georgian home.

Early history

After the Norman Conquest, Morville was given to Earl Roger de Montgomery, who made it part of his newly founded Benedictine Abbey in Shrewsbury.

Monks arrived at Morville in the 12th century and established a small priory and built the church you see today.

St Gregory the Great Churchyard, Morville
Morville Hall St gregory The Great church yard, Morville in Shropshire
St Gregory the Great Churchyard, Morville

The Dissolution

Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries brought ruin to the priory at Morville. In 1546 it was granted to local man, Roger Smyth. We don't know whether it was Roger or his son George who completed the two storey Elizabethan E-plan house you see today.

The Hall's construction, re-using materials from the ruined priory, is undeniably a lasting monument to Roger's success in life. A central great hall, later divided into two floors, linked the projecting wings each with a staircase tower.

A family rift

Roger died in 1562, leaving the estate to his wife Frances Cressett. Teenage son George won a lengthy legal battle to reclaim the estate from his mother, who married a string of wealthy men, all of whom she outlived, thus accumulating considerable wealth.

Architectural change

Five Weaver generations made great changes at Morville during the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1748 Architect William Baker of Audlem remodelled and enlarged the house into the Georgian style you see today.

Morville today

Morville was given to the National Trust in 1965. Today, the Hall is privately tenanted and opens to visitors on selected days throughout the year. Check our open days here before planning a visit.