Patshull Park has a fascinating history, and it’s not only the architecture that give clues about the uses and origins of the land.
One of the hotel’s proudest assets are the fascinating array of mature trees that abound on the the estate. From majestic Wellingtonia’s, spreading Lebanese Cedars , noble Atlantic Firs , and aromatic Lime Trees . Patshull’s wealthy land owners , The Dartmouth family initiated and created this Arboreteum from seeds collected from around the world over 200 years ago .
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 .