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The history of Cronkhill on the Attingham Estate

Distant view of Cronkhill villa on the hillside at Attingham Estate, Shropshire
Cronkhill villa on the hillside at Attingham Estate | © National Trust/Phill Abram

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

Building Cronkhill House at Attingham

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 in the mansion at Attingham Park.

Walford leaves Cronkhill

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.

The Berwick family

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 closed 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 1900s, the 8th Lord and Lady Berwick returned to live at the Attingham estate. They lived at Cronkhill before moving into Attingham Hall in the 1920s.

Today, Cronkhill is privately let and is open on a small number of selected dates during the year.

Cattle in the parkland near the Mansion

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