Llanfyllin & District Civic Society
Visit to Loton Park, Alberbury
The visit has been arranged for Wednesday 8 October, to start at 2.30.
I suggest those wishing to share a car should meet on the car park at Llanfyllin at 1.30. The route is via the B4393 through Llandrinio and Crewgreen and the entrance to Loton Park, SY5 9AJ, is on the left before Alberbury village: journey time 43 minutes according to the AA.
The charge for the visit is £7.50 to include tea and cakes. Sir Michael or Lady Leighton will probably show us round.
The house is not normally open to the public. The Loton Park website gives the following information.
Loton Park is the ancestral home of the Leighton family, and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The magnificent Grade II listed mansion is steeped in history, surrounded by lovely gardens and views over rolling farmland; it is a truly tranquil Manor to visit.
The present Baronet, Sir Michael Leighton of Wattlesborough, is married to Lady Leighton and has one daughter and three step-daughters. He has nieces, great-nieces, a great-nephew and three sisters living in the area.
Historians suggests that in the late 1500s there was possibly a house here, but the existing house is credited to have been built circa 1630. The North front was added in 1711 and the rather magnificent Grand Ballroom Theatre was added circa 1872. The ruins of an earlier castle, built in 1340, also survive in the grounds.
Loton Park is probably one of the few mansions left in Shropshire still lived in by its original family. If you check in a book entitled Shropshire Houses, written by Sir Michael’s great, great Uncle, you will find that there are only about three or four left, and only about two go back beyond the reign of Elizabeth I, the others are only about 18th Century.
The 400 acres of parkland includes one of the two privately owned deer parks to remain in Shropshire; a passion of the current Baronet. It is also prominent in motorsport as the location of the annual British Hill Climb Championship.
I’ve promised an idea of numbers a few days in advance. If you’d like to come, could you give me a ring or drop me an email by the weekend before, indicating whether you’ll need or could offer transport?
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