The Manor House Care Home


The house was built in 1825 in the Italianate style as a family home. The estate comprised of the house, grounds, entrance lodge (built in 1876), two large fish ponds and four farms which totalled at around 500 acres. A new wing was added to the west in 1878 which provided a large drawing room with a bedroom above and a new grand front staircase was installed. In total there were four reception rooms, a billiard room, fifteen bedrooms and dressing rooms but apparently only one family bathroom. The house is surrounded by impressive gardens that contained balustraded terraces and lawns. From 1927, the manor house was the home of a barrister, later a Member of Parliament. It finally became a care home for the elderly and now stands empty, with an uncertain future.

The Explore:

I explored this site with my friend Landie_Man on the way back from our exploration at the cement works (, and there was a definite end of day feel to it. We pulled up the driveway and parked a short distance from the building and made our way to it. The access was more than easy and we were in. There is evidence that some sort of work has been going on – some of the plaster ceilings have been torn down which is a shame. Overall, the most photogenic sections were the main staircase and some of the fireplaces.