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Benthall Hall was built around 1535 and extended into ths sumptuous country house you can visit today. The seat of the Benthall family, they have lived there, with periods of absence, up to the present day. Sited close to the Severn and on the Shropshire way, it is a popular tourist destination. As with most National Trust sites, there’s a café, toilets and the unbiquitous second hand book shop. The car park is free to National Trust members.
It retains much of its fine oak interior, and an elaborate 17th-century staircase. It is still occupied by the Benthall family, but has been owned by the National Trust since 1958, and is open to the public though it is advisable to check opening times. It is situated in the rolling Shropshire hills, in Benthall in the town of Broseley, Shropshire, England, and a few miles from the historic Ironbridge Gorge.
The rich history of Benthall includes skirmishes in the English Civil War. A royalist stronghold at first, it was a valuable strategic asset due to its proximity both to the Severn and the rich colafields of the area. Benthall fell in to parliamentarian hands following the fall of Shrewsbury.
The sumptuous and extensive gardens are one of the key features for visitors and to than for them largely we havef two tenants. George Maw (1832–1912), local tile producer and crocus enthusiast developed the garden from around 1865 onwards. Subsequently, the Victorian era Romantic painter and sculptor Robert Bateman who was the son of a famous horticulturalist, added the rockeries and terraces of the current garden.
The Restoration era church of St. Bartholomew, built 1667-68, stands close by the Hall. The Shropshire Way, a waymarked long-distance footpath, passes through the extensive woodland that lies to the north, between the estate and the River Severn.