Acton Burnell Castle, Shropshire
Acton Burnell is a late 13th century fortified manor, built for King Edward I's Chancellor Bishop Burnell.
The castle walls are thin, with large windows and no arrow loops for defence.
When you arrive at the castle, its red stone walls and towers are framed against the beautiful setting of trees and manicured lawns.
In terms of historical importance, it was the site of the first Parliament where the Commons were represented.
There is a car park that is well sign-posted and easy to find. Access is just as easy being a short walk across lawns to the ruin.
~ History ~
1274 - As reward for Robert Burnell's loyal and effective management of Prince Edward's estates whilst away on crusade, on return as King, Edward makes Robert his Chancellor.
1275 - Robert is made Bishop of Bath and Wells.
1283 - Robert entertains King Edward I and Parliament at Acton Burnell.
1284 - Edward consents to Robert crenellating his hall house at Acton Burnell.
1292 - Robert dies which in turn reduces the importance of the castle.
1420 - The last Lord Burnell dies leaving the castle empty and little used, eventually passing through other families and then abandoned, until in the 18th century when it was converted into a barn.