Brogyntyn Estate, Shropshire

A Conservation Management Plan for the Brogyntyn Estate, Oswestry, Shropshire, was prepared in 2010 with the aim of providing guidelines for the future conservation and management of the estate as a whole. The estate includes 230 acres of land and is listed in the Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Interest in England (Grade II). It includes the Grade II* Listed Brogyntyn Hall. The Conservation Management Plan was approved by Historic England and the Local Authority and, as a result, more detailed plans for the management and redevelopment of the site could be developed.

A second stage of work took place in 2014, consisting of a Desk-Based-Assessment, a Field Survey, and a Building Survey of Brogyntyn Home Farm. The Building Survey concluded that the farm buildings dating to the 19th century conserved most of their original structural elements. Furthermore, a magnetometer survey undertaken at this time revealed the remains of part of the historic landscape dating to a period before the establishment of the Estate.

The third stage of investigation was two-fold and included a Level 3/4 Building Survey of the eastern wing of the Grade II* Listed Brogyntyn Hall, dating to the 17th century. Subsequently, closer inspection of the building was carried out in the form of a Watching Brief during the demolition of the structure. This work allowed previously unrecorded identifying details of historic interest to be added to the results of the earlier survey.

The desk-based and fieldwork investigations carried at the Brogyntyn Estate represent an excellent example of the benefits that can occur when professional archaeologists are able to maintain a longer term involvement in the same scheme. The detailed knowledge that staff developed of the cultural heritage assets located in and around the estate were passed on as tangible benefits to the subsequent developer of the site.

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