Fortified manor house.
Possibly held by the Earls of Warwick.
Held by the Grazebrook family.
1087-1100 Hunting lodge.
1154-1189 During: Referred to as the King’s House.
1235 Agnes de Storeton was born at the castle.
1261 c: Joan de Bourneville was born at the castle.
1284 Philip de Bourneville died at the castle.
1311 c: William Stanley died at the castle.
1316 Sir Thomas Murdak was murdered at the castle. John de Vaux was Constable.
1346 John Stanley died on the site.
1360 c: Ellen Stanley was born at the castle.
1398 c: William Stanley died at the castle.
14th-15th C c: Tower.
1446 Moated house built.
1500 Cardinal Pole was born at the castle.
1596 Thomas Whorwood was Sheriff of Staffordshire.
1632 Thos Whorwood was Sheriff of Staffordshire.
1644 23rd March: The castle surrendered to the king.
1644 April: Col. Fox, a Parliamentarian, took the castle but was then repulsed by the Royalist army led by Col. Gerald.
1650 c: Sir William Whorwood sold it to Philip Foley Esq.
1654 Broom Whorwood was Sheriff of Staffordshire.
1659 Dr. William Talbot, Bishop of Oxford, was born at the castle.
1686 William Talbot’s father died at the castle.
1792 Mary Payne was born.
1793 Charles Gillies Payne was born on the site.
1795 Robert Henly Payne was born.
1796 Laura Payne was born.
1810 Peter Payne was born.
1823-1833 Remodelled and rebuilt for Sir Robert Smirke by James Foster.
1830 Thomas Worrall Gazebrook occupied the castle and made repairs to it.
1974 Field Investigation.
1976 Field Investigation.
20th C Walled garden converted into a garden centre. The stables made into housing.