About Eccleshall

Eccleshall is a small market town located in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside.

It is local to many attractions such as Alton Towers Theme Park, Shugborough Hall, The Trentham Estate, Sugnall Hall, many fisheries, golf courses, and much more. It is also local to many wedding venues such as Eccleshall Cricket Club, Baden Hall, The Mill at Worston, Sugnall Walled Gardens and Eccleshall Castle.

It is a picturesque town with some fantastic boutique style shops, pubs, bars and restaurants. The town has been a regular winner in the Britain in Bloom competition and in summer the main parts of Eccleshall are bedecked with colourful floral baskets, organised by the towns Ecclian Society. Eccleshall is twinned with Sancerre in France.

Photos provided by Dave Hall (Resident of Eccleshall)

A little bit of local history

The local Holy Trinity Church dates from 1195 and tombs of the five Bishops of Lichfield lie in the church. Eccleshall Castle was the palace of the Bishop of Lichfield and at the beginning of the last century the castle passed into the hands of the present owners, the Carter family (distant relations of former US President Jimmy Carter). The town itself was a relatively important market town by the time of the Wars of the Roses and the castle was briefly a residence for Queen Margaret of Anjou in her preparation for the Battle of Blore Heath, the site of which lies a few miles north of the town near Market Drayton. Eccleshall was once featured in the Sunday Times as one of the UK’s best places to live, it is definitely worth a visit!

There are plenty of country walks for all you explorers out there and is a popular thoroughfare for avid cyclists.