Raynald’s Mansion ~ The Grandest House On Wenlock’s High Street

Raynald’s Mansion has seen several phases of development. It began as a medieval hall. In 1600 it was given a face lift with a new frontage. And in 1680 it was made grander still with the addition of three bays. Its owners certainly knew how to make their presence felt in the town.Β  Rather amazingly the house was still owned by members of the Raynald family into the late 20th century, and today it remains a private house. Directly across the street is our much treasured book shop, also housed in a very ancient building.


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55 thoughts on “Raynald’s Mansion ~ The Grandest House On Wenlock’s High Street

    1. It’s striking, isn’t it. The house was recently for sale, so had a good nose around on the estate agent’s internet pics. It is fabulous inside, but huge.

    1. Just saying to Sue, it’s amazing inside. Lots of wonky wooden floors and old panelling. But also a very fab kitchen. Red Aga if I remember from the estate agent’s pics.

  1. What a beautiful town you live in Tish. I know bits of Shropshire – Shrewsbury, Ludlow and the gorgeous Stokesay Castle come to mind – but I’ve never visited Much Wenlock and I feel as if I’m missing out! Beautiful part of our country – thank you for sharing

    1. We’re very lucky with our Shropshire towns. And it’s good to be reminded not to take them for granted. Lots of nice places to stay in Wenlock – holiday cottages and apartments all within the town πŸ™‚

    1. Suckered? I find that hard to believe, Jo. Am back live on air now. Internet provider change over done. Also had a few days in Pembroke. More of which to follow shortly πŸ™‚

      1. We came back from Pembroke in great flurries of snow, followed by brilliant sunshine. All the hill tops were dusted white – through Wales and into Shropshire. Also it’s so cold that where cars have splashed water up the hedges, the splashes have frozen into a mass of tiny silver icicles. Magic, but could do without shivering. Wood burner is not quite hacking it, and central heating slow to get going. Glass of red wine could well be calling. How about your neck of the woods? I thought the north-east was bearing the worst of it?

      2. It hasn’t settled properly yet (though the curtains are drawn and I daren’t look out of the window again πŸ™‚ ) but it’s tried hard, and it’s perishing cold. James is at a wedding in Matlock. The photos could be interesting. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Cheers, hon! I’m just about to imbibe.

    1. Timber framed, leaded glass lights, and now you’ve made me wonder. I don’t think any of them open. At least I’ve never seen them open. Shall now have to go and inspect same.

    1. It does seem amazing, but Shropshire and adjacent border counties are a bit like that. Thousand year dynasties are not unknown on surviving landed estates. More than a bit breath-taking.

  2. Good morning Tish. It is indeed a beautiful house and how interesting that it was still in the original family for so long. I have been thinking about you with all the cold and snow. I have just returned from France – where even in the very south of France it was very cold for the first few days….Spring is on the way πŸ™‚

    1. Have been away too – in Pembroke. And now you’ve come back to more iciness. But lots of daffodils and primroses along the hedgerows in Wales. I thought of you too πŸ™‚

  3. When you talk about old, you aren’t kidding! Around here, it’s maybe 19th century. In Jerusalem, the top layer of the Old City wall was called “The new wall” and dated from 1534 to 1545, built by good old Suleiman the Magnificent. Busy guy, that Suleiman. Nice piece of wall, too.

    1. It’s interesting how one takes the antiquity of stuff around the place for granted when one lives amongst it. I like your new-old wall of 1534. All a matter of perspective, isn’t it.

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