Sutton Coldfield – Sunday 26th May 2019

Having spent the day visiting the National Trust property of Shugborough Hall, the Ancestral home of royal photographer Lord Patrick Litchfield, we stopped in Sutton Coldfield on our way back to our hotel.  The Waterstones here is in a modern building set over two floors. 

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Sutton Coldfield map

We arrived late so we didn’t have time to explore the town, but we did photograph an owl sculpture, which we later discovered had been part of an owl trail in the summer of 2015, after which the owls were auctioned off to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s Star Appeal.  The auction raised £508,035.

The Sutton Coldfield Owl by Scarlett Byfield

Shugborough Hall

Shugborough Hall is definitely worth a visit.  When Patrick Litchfield’s Grandfather died, the house was given lieu in death duties and then Patrick, who succeeded the title at this point as his father had already passed away, rented back an apartment of rooms – this apartment is also open the public and contains many of his photographs, although photography in this part of the Hall is not permitted.