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Manor Farm


Manor Farm

The History of Manor Farm

The 12th Century Moat around Manor Farm is a scheduled site (approx enclosed area size 230ft x 190ft). It has recently been listed as a national monument by English Heritage. The moat is wide and wet, fed by a small spring in a pond by the SE corner of the site. The moat is irregular but roughly rectangular, surrounded by a wet ditch 30 to 40ft wide (2 to 5 ft deep). The entrance (now 50ft wide) may be original. The remains of a cobbled yard have been identified to the north of the house.

The moated site is thought to represent the Manor of Eltisley which in the C12th was held by the Argentine family of Upleatham, passing by marriage into the FIitz-Ernis Family who held it into the early C14th.

The house could have been used as a public building, a court house or similar at one time. It was rumoured to have a secret underground passageway to the parish church.

Originally a central fire was lit on the floor before fireplaces were added in the 16th century. The staircases were added in the 17th and 18th Century.

The farm outbuildings are mainly 18th and 19th Century.

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