Discover Lower Brockhampton Manor House

view of timber framed great hall from minstrels granary

Brockhampton manor is a rare survival of a medieval manorial complex, which may also have once included a small village

The manor was completed around 1425 for the Domulton family and was built using giant timbers cut from the estate. During the first half of the 16th century, it was owned by the Habingtons.  In 1552 Mary Habington married Richard Barnaby, in whose family the house remained for the next four hundred years.

Archaeological digs near the manor house in 2012 uncovered a network of stone walls, indicating that a village, most likely the lost village of Studmarsh, may once have been situated here.

The moat and chapel were built by the family a little later, around 1540 as a symbol of status and wealth. We think even today it still has the ‘wow factor’ as you follow the driveway and first lay eyes on the impressive setting.

The medieval manor house at Brockhampton
Brockhampton manor house
The medieval manor house at Brockhampton

Around 1700, Richard Barneby added a two-storey stone and red brick extension to the manor as what was a once an impressive manor was now on the small side and rather dated in comparison to the impressive red brick Georgian mansions which had fallen into favour with the well-to-do. When Richard’s son, Bartholomew inherited the estate in 1731 he commissioned a new survey of the estate by John Perkins but it wasn’t until 1765 he commissioned Shrewsbury architect Thomas Farnolls Pritchard to design him a new home on the estate.

A side view of the manor house and chapel
The ruined chapel stands near Lower Brockhampton Manor
A side view of the manor house and chapel

After Bartholomew relocated to his new fashionable red brick home, Brockhampton manor became a modest farmhouse, occupied by tenants and was quietly forgotten. This benign neglect prevented damaging modernisation and by the late nineteenth century such romantic fragments of Olde England had come back into fashion. In the late 1860s John Habington-Lutley consulted the antiquarian architect J.C Buckler, who supervised the sympathetic restoration of Lower Brockhampton Manor.

The manor was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1946 with no surviving heir to the estate, Brockhampton was a rare and picturesque survival of a vanished age. When you visit Brockhampton manor you’ll see each room is set-up to reflect a time in it’s history right from the very beginning with the medieval dining hall to the 1950s sitting room, why not come and enjoy nearly six hundred years of history all under one roof?