The park at Shugborough was laid out by the Anson family between the 1670s when they first remodelled the existing house and the mid19th century. It contains examples of several styles of landscape design reflecting the taste of the different eras in which the park was being created. Shugborough is one of the most interesting of 18th century landscapes because of its wide variety of influences.
The principal phases of work date from the 1740s when Thomas Anson, newly enriched after his brother George’s successful circumnavigation of the globe and capture of Spanish treasure, erected a number of buildings in Chinese style, and the later 1750s and 1760s when a further series of buildings in the newly emerging neo-classical style were built. Most of the Chinese buildings (which included a pagoda) were swept away by floods in the second half of the 18th century, but the neo-classical buildings including the Tower of the Winds, The Triumphal Arch, Doric Temple and Choragic Monument still survive. A further phase of works was carried out in the early 1800s when the park was transformed as a ferme ornee to reflect the best of contemporary agricultural practice and a model farm erected at Shugborough Park Farm. Further tree planting and other works were carried out in the later 19th century.
Following the death of the 4th Earl Lichfield in 1960 the park came into the hands of the National Trust. It was leased to Staffordshire County Council but reverted to National Trust control in 2016.
District: STAFFORD BOROUGH
Postcode: ST17 0XB
Ownership: NATIONAL TRUST
Status: GRADE I CONSERVATION AREA.
Access: Open to public