From the Bronze Age....
Soulton History by Period
There is a great deal of history at Soulton.
Ring ditches north of Soulton Hall indicate settlement here as long as 3,000 years ago; the current hall was begun around 1390 and enhanced substantially in 1556; and we still have the moated remains of the Norman castle which came before, built shortly after 1066, and evidence of Bronze Age communities on this farm.
The hall is also full of Tudor symbolism, seeming to emphasise stability and engage with (at the time) newly-rediscovered clasical ideas.
It is too much to fit all on one page, so please click on for more detail about each period (after the periods, some connections (of varying strength) to some wider events and ideas are linked to):
- Bronze Age archaeology: a farming community 3,000 years ago.
- Saxon and Norman Soulton: the last earl of Mercia's and his brother slain by King Cnut and one of William I's motte and bailey castles.
- Mediæval Soulton: watermills, property disputes, and an early MP.
- Circa 1400 Fire and Relocation: a raiding party burn the hall and it is moved to its 'new' site.
- Tudor and Elizabethan Soulton: Henry VIII's Lord Mayor of London buys the manor, the terror of Bloody Mary, Parliamentary Privilage, building of the current hall.
- Thomas Hill, Samuel Pepys: High Sherif of Shropshire, friend of Pepys, Soulton's own Jigg and a 'witch'
- Georgian and later Soulton: farming improvements, Thomas Telford's Bridge and work for canals
Go to this page for information anout symbolisum in our building, a link to the US Declaration of Independance, and some imformation on heraldry.
To find out more about people involved in Spoulton's history and development from Thomas Telford, to King Cnut, plesae follow this link.
Our Farm's Perspective
- Arch of Soulton's Farming: an article on the farming here from the Bronze Age to today
- The Farm: Soulton is still very much a working farm. If you follow this link, you can see the historic field names (e.g. 'Brickle', which is where the clay that made the bricks to build the house were brought from). On the farming and woodland page you can view a labelled map with the site of the mound and our other historic features.