Clues as to the history of the Patshull estate are evident throughout, and beyond, our boundaries. You may have seen the historic bridge as you drove over the Great Lake, or taken note of the sandstone pillars that mark your arrival at the hotel’s Reception area.
However, have you ever stopped to think about how the hundreds of trees on the estate can tell their own story too? The golf course was once part of the expansive lands belonging to Patshull Hall, which sits nestled next to the 11th and 12th greens. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century, many of the trees were planted as seedlings as a result of extensive travels by the estate’s owners, The Dartmouth family.
Many of these trees still stand, adding a variety of greenery to our stunning golf course. If you visit, you’ll be able to see Douglas Firs (originating from the Pacific Coast Ranges), majestic Wellingtonias (from Sierra Nevada range, close to Sequoia National Park), spreading Lebanese Cedars, noble Atlantic Firs , and aromatic Lime Trees.
Today, these magnificent trees are very evident throughout the 72-par championship golf course, and create a stunning backdrop for our golfers , and fishermen alike.
Walking from tee to green, the strategic placement of some of the trees tells a story of Patshull’s past.
The particular trees in the photograph are located between the sixth and ninth holes of Patshull Park Golf course , and actually form part of the county boundary between Shropshire and Staffordshire. It is said that one of the Earl’s of Dartmouth desired to become an MP in the 19th century. Patshull Hall was then located in Shropshire and at the time there were no vacant Parliamentary seats in this county ; the county border was then moved north around the Hall so that it was conveniently re-located in Staffordshire where surprisingly there was a vacant seat at Westminster .
If you take a moment to stand with your back to the road behind the ninth green, you’ll notice a line of Oaks that run back up towards the ninth tee. We discovered an old Ordinance Survey map recently that clearly shows a substantial road through the (now) golf course parallel to these Oaks. The road extends up through the gorge beside the ninth tee.
The sandstone that was cut to make the gorge was primarily used as material to build part of the Hall, and it is also said that a single gauge railway ran along the golf course road and up into the estate to a much larger sandstone quarry which was also used for building the Hall . Such infrastructures would also have played a key part in connecting the wealthy Patshull Hall estate with the surrounding areas of Pattingham and Bridgnorth.
There are lots of other hints of history throughout the estate, whether it be the instantly-recognisable pillars of our reception, the local sandstone bridges and gatehouses, or the boat houses at the head of the Great Lake and the adjacent Church Pool – these are regrettably now unused and stand amongst the thick foliage that borders these Lakes.
Hotel guests always welcome to explore our part of the estate ; please ask at reception and we’ll be happy to give you directions through the estate to view the graveyard at Patshull Church - limited access to the Church is also available , and customers can also enjoy the tranquil delights of Church Pool and The Barbara Pool.