Home to the Anson family since 1624, a legacy of exploration and innovation, it was once described as ‘a perfect paradise’. You can explore sweeping parkland, ancient woodland and a landscape peppered with monuments, then discover Park Farm, created at the cutting-edge of agricultural reforms.
This was one of the places I was most excited to photograph. The scale of the grounds was very impressive and there was a huge range of views available to me to shoot.
It was a lovely walk around the grounds, and even on a rather wet and miserable February day following a very long drive I was excited to be there and explore. The highlight for me without a doubt was The Triumphal Arch (pictured above). Towering over you as you drive into the estate, it’s a very impressive piece of design.
It is most likely to have been the first of the park monuments created by James Stuart, and certainly the most prominent. Started soon after 1761, it is based on the Arch of Hadrian in Greece.
For more information, why not look at the National Trusts website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shugborough-estate