The story about Haybridge Hall being donated to the National Trust is a family story that I haven't been able to find documentation for, so it is possible that it may not be true.
Sarah Ann Whittingham Jones was my husband's great-grandmother. According to the research my husband's uncle has done, Sarah Ann Whittingham Jones was born at Haybridge Hall, and she continued to live there after her marriage to Alick Lowe. Their first two children (Robert Edward Nicholls Lowe and Mary Whittingham Nicholls Lowe) were born at Haybridge Hall, but they left sometime before 1902, when their third child Alexander Martin Geoffrey Lowe was born in Birmingham.
According to family lore, the family sold Haybridge Hall to the National Trust, presumably because they could no longer afford the upkeep. But if there was a private owner as recently as 1955, that suggests that the property may not have been sold to the NT after all. I have sent an email to the National Trust inquiring about the property, but I have not had a reply yet.
I am just beginning my own research about my husband's family, building on what my husband's uncle had done. What I have so far is this:
Sarah Ann Whittingham Jones was the daughter of Soloman Jones (b.1836 in Hadley, Shropshire) and Sarah Ann Hughes (b.1844 in Wellington, Shropshire). Soloman and Sarah married in 1866 at the parish church of St Mary in Shrewsbury.
Solomon Jones was the son of Edward Jones, a farmer. Sarah Ann Hughes was the daughter of Enoch Hughes, a porter.
That's it so far. If you have any information that you would like to share about our common ancestry, I would greatly appreciate it!