There has been a residence on this site for almost 1,000 years. Over the years the Hall has changed, buildings have been added and demolished, the Estate which was once many thousands of acres has shrunk and it has had a wide variety of owners and tenants, and a few famous names have visited too.
Although mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the oldest building on site is the Stone Building, built for Philip de Marmion of Tamworth Castle, in 1285.
Elizabeth I visited the Hall in 1575, when she stayed for a week and knighted the Hallís owner Sir Francis Willoughby in the Great Hall
The Hall was home to the noted naturalists Francis Willoughby FRS and John Ray who wrote and published, among others, the first book on ornithology