with Mediveal Origins
By Michael Ford
This section lists
houses in Wiltshire which have been altered
externally but still retain the essentials of
their Medieval origins internally or have some
remaining external Medieval features.
Alcombe Manor OS.173 (ST809695)
Between CORSHAM and BATH in the
village of Ditteridge.
The house still contains a
small 14c window.
Beanacre Old Manor OS.173 (ST902659)
North of MELKSHAM on the main
A350 road at Beanacre and can be spotted from the
The house is centred on the
original 15c hall with its roof. The original
detached chapel is now part of the house. It has
some interesting 16c windows.
Bassett Old Manor House OS.173 (SU098734)
North West of MARLBOROUGH above
Avebury at Berwick Bassett.
The main structure of stone is
thought to be from 15c. It has some timber
framing on the upper floor, a porch and some good
doorways. One of the latter came from Vasterne
Manor (see below).
Bolehyde Manor OS.173 (ST893757)
North West of
CHIPPENHAM on a minor road. An excellent view is
to be had from this road which passes right in
front of the property.
The earliest stonework is a 13c
wall and part of a spiral staircase. The house is
generally 17c though but a real picture.
In the late 13c Thomas de
Bolehude held the deeds to the property. In 1635
it was sold to John Gale with the family
occupying the house for around 400 years. Many
family initials, dated, are cut into the
structure when additions and alterations were
made to the building throughout their time there.
Legend has it that one of the
Gales was the first man to fly. He made a pair of
wings but fell into the moat in the attempt.
There are some interesting
small buildings in the gardens. The former
entrance over a moat has two gazebos, one either
side. On the west side of the house are two
Elizabethan pavilions which define the original
What is thought to have been
the chapel still exists but suffered bomb damage
during the second World War.
Bonham Manor House OS.183 (ST773332)
and GILLINGHAM below Stourhead at Bonham on a
It is believed to have Saxon
origins although what we see today is mainly
Tudor. However the former medieval chapel,
dedicated to St. Benedict, is attached as part of
Burghope Manor OS.172 (ST798610)
West of BRADFORD-ON-AVON in the
village of Winsley
The house is said to date from
the 13c and is now a comfortable hotel.
Charnel House OS.183 (ST812323)
Between WARMINSTER and
GILLINGHAM in Mere near the Parish Church.
The house has a small cusped
window from the 15c.
Easton Court Farm OS.173 (ST890705)
East of CORSHAM in the village
Pevsner tells us that the house
has a chimney and open timber roof from the 15c,
according to the architect Sir Harold Brakspear
who presumably carried out some restoration of
Fowlswick Farm OS.173 (ST882758)
North West of
CHIPPENHAM on a minor road. The house can be seen
from the entrance on the roadside.
The heart of this former Manor
house is medieval. It was faced with stone in the
15c and 16c.
Gaston Manor OS.184 (ST947298)
North East of SHAFTESBURY in
The house dates from the 14c
and was rebuilt in the 16c and 17c.
Hazelbury Manor OS.173 (ST835683)
South West of CORSHAM off the
B3109 road near Box.
The original hall with its roof
still exist as does much of the inside, all from
the 15c. There is some very good 20c
reconstruction work based on researched evidence
and this includes the fine two storeyed porch.
Highworth Manor House OS.174 (SU202924)
North East of SWINDON in the
centre of Highworth.
This is a 15c hall house with
stone facing from 1656.
Popes Farmhouse OS.183 (ST845370)
South of WARMINSTER at Kingston
There are the remains of a
doorway and windows from the 15c here.
South Wraxall Manor
North of BRADFORD-ON-AVON above
the village of South Wraxall.
This was originally a hospice
of the 14c of which the hall and chapel,
dedicated to St. Audoen, survive. The remainder
appears to be of the 17c.
West of Swindon through Wootton
Bassett off the main A3102 road.
The centre part of the house is
thought to be of Medieval origin.
One 15c doorway came from
Berwick Bassett Old Manor House (see above). The exchange of structural
parts from these two houses is fascinating.
Manor Houses in Wiltshire A-M
Manor Houses in Wiltshire N-Z
interesting Medieval Houses and Buildings
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