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Manor Farm, demolition

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Manor Farm, demolition
13th December 1976. View of farm buildings of Manor Farm during demolition. Built on the site of the medieval manor house, some of the buildings dated back to the 15th century.

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Graham A. Schofield

As I understand, some of the stone from the ruined castle was used to build The Manor House in the 15th century. Much later on, the house became, ''Manor Farm', - - - the demise of part of which we are witnessing here. This structure looks interesting. It seems as if it has seen a few alterations over time. The bricks and their courses above the single dark row above the doorway, are much different from those below it. Down the side of the building can be seen, horizontal lintels. Could this indicate that the arched top in the large doorway replaced an existing lintel, or could it be that this doorway was 'broken in' as a later addition? What is more intriguing are the two very narrow slits in the wall. They both have small stone sills and lintels. Could this indicate that this bottom section might be a remnant of part of the old manor house? Perhaps there were other parts of the farm where similar scenes were visible. Was any of it worth saving? If Manor Farm had survived beyond 2nd of November1990, when 'The Planning (Listed Building & ConservationAreas) Act' came into force, perhaps part of it might have qualified for listed status? Who knows?




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