Manors in England (A-I)
What is the difference between a manor and a castle or a stately home? Sometimes, very little. The addition of a simple window can tell us that the building was not meant to withstand a serious attack. The nice thing about manors is that they tend to feel a lot more homey than castles or grand country houses.
The Tye, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, off B2108, National Trust
Alfriston is best known as the very first property purchased by the National Trust. The simple hall house dates to the 14th century and has remained remarkably unchanged since it was constructed. The Clergy House is timber-framed and topped with a traditional thatched roofed. The medieval hall is surrounded by a pretty cottage garden.
Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Knowle, Solihull, Warwickshire, off A4141, National Trust
An almost perfect moated manor house, Baddesley Clinton is composed of a picturesque timber-framed house bounded by a 15th century moatThe house is built around a lovely cobbled courtyard. The interiors date mainly from the Elizabethan period and feature no less than three priest's holes.
Wythenshaw, Greater Manchester
An early 14th century timber-framed house, retaining its original arched doorways. The house features timber braces in the form of St. Andrew's crosses. Baguley is now a school and is not generally open to visitors.
Near Alcester, Warwickshire, on A435, National Trust
This exquisite Tudor house has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. The house is built around a timber-framed courtyard, and fronted by an imposing gatehouse. The Throckmortons were closely involved in the Gunpowder Plot, and the house features displays on the Plot and the dramatic aftermath at Coughton.
1 m Coalville, Leicestershire, off A50
This small manor house dates to the 13th century, and has remained in exceptionally good condition. The most impressive feature is the great hall, which is very little changed since it was built.
Flatford, 1 m S East Bergholt, Suffolk, on B1070, National Trust
Flatford is famous for its association with artist Thomas Gainsborough, who painted this stretch of Dedham Vale frequently. The thatched cottage was built in the 16th century. within the house is an exhibition on Gainsborough and the history of the house.
Parnell Street, Gainsborough, Lincolsnshire
This beautiful timber-framed building was built around 1460. One of the best featurs is the medieval kitchen, which has been altered very little since it was created. Much of the west wing is devoted to a display on the families who lived here, and an exhibition on the restoration of the Hall.
Great Chalfield, near Melksham, Wiltshire, off B3107, National Trust
A late 15th century manor within a strong gatehouse, surrounded by a moat and stone wall. Interior features include a well-preserved Great hall, wonderful oriel windows, an ornately vaulted porch, and a decorated fireplace. Set high into the walls of the hall are a series of spy-holes.
Ivy Hatch, 6 m E Sevenoaks, Kent, National Trust
Arguably the finest moated manor house in England, Ightham dates to the the first half of the 14th century. The centrepiece of the interior is the large Great hall, but there is also a chapel, drawing room, and crypt to explore. The architecture is a pleasing mix of timber-framing and stone.