Shrewsbury Homes is proud to unveil its latest development: Stoneleigh Park, located in the historic village of Acton Burnell in Shropshire. Eleven plots of three and four bedroom houses are to be constructed in the next few months. Of course, our buy off-plan option will be available to those who wish to work with our designers to create their perfect home.

The attractive countryside development offers a wonderful opportunity for families looking to set up home in a rural location, but still have access to local amenities. Acton Burnell is located just nine miles South-East of Shrewsbury. Telford, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge are also nearby. 

A conservation area of outstanding natural beauty, Acton Burnell also boasts many medieval buildings and ancient follies. For those interested in learning more about the home of our new development, please read on. 

What’s in a name? 

The village’s name comes from a combining of Acton, a common place name, and Robert Burnell, a political and religious figure who lived in the 13th century. 

There are many villages and towns in the UK which bear the name of Acton, but especially in Shropshire and adjacent counties. The word is derived from the Old English words ac, meaning “oak”, and tun, meaning “settlement”. Many old oaks still reside in the area to this day. 

Robert Burnell was the Bishop of Bath and Wells, as well as Lord Chancellor to King Edward I. Born in the Shropshire village in about 1239, Burnell grew up to be a close adviser to the King and was twice elected Archbishop of Canterbury, though his personal life prevented his confirmation. He built Acton Burnell Castle, as well as building and purchasing many other properties throughout his lifetime. At his death in 1292 Burnell owned 82 manors in 19 counties! 

Historical buildings

Today, Acton Burnell Castle is an English Heritage Site open to the public. Its magnificent outer walls still stand, though little else does. Despite its name, the building was more a fortified manor house, large enough to house Edward I and his substantial entourage.

The red sandstone ruins make an impressive silhouette standing alongside the parish church of St Mary’s, built for Burnell in the 1260s. Still an active Anglican church, it is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building just 50 metres from the castle.

Concord College

Acton Burnell Hall, the manor house of Acton Burnell castle, is now home to Concord College. A prestigious day and boarding school, in 2016 The Times league table placed Concord tenth for independent co-educational schools in the UK. The A level results for 2017 placed Concord seventh in the Telegraph of all UK schools. (1) 

In the school’s grounds stand the remaining walls of the ‘Parliament Barn’. This is where the first English Parliament at which the Commons were fully represented met in 1283, and again in 1285. 

The location of your new home

For those looking for a quality home in the Shropshire countryside, Acton Burnell has great transport links, with the A5/M54 network within easy reach. 

Shrewsbury Homes is offering four property designs at Stoneleigh Park: The Malvern, The Radley, The Oundle and The Sedburgh. For more information about these properties, please contact Amanda Love on 07792 498926 or, or Judy Bourne on 07890 573553 or 


  1. Highest placings for Concord in the latest national league tables – Concord College News. (August 2017) Available from: [Accessed 5th September 2017] 


Stoneleigh Park at Acton Burnell

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