Great Chalfield - a medieval manor

The main hall at Great Chalfield Manor with Antwerp tapestries on the wall at Great Chalfield Manor, Wiltshire

Great Chalfield Manor has seen several owners and several changes over the centuries, but in the early twentieth century Major Robert Fuller restored it to reflect it roots.

Discover Great Chalfield Manor

Great Chalfield Manor was built ca.1465 by Thomas Tropenell, a wealthy business man who built and acquired several large estates during his time. At the heart of the house lies the Hall, flanked by unusually symmetrical gable cross wings and oriel windows.

Riding boots at Great Chalfield Manor
Leather boots lined up in the fireplace of the front stairs at Great Chalfield Manor, near Melksham, Wiltshire
Riding boots at Great Chalfield Manor

Changes over time - and restoring its former glory

Over the years the different owners adapted and changed the manor, with the Great Hall turned into a farm house. In 1905 Major Robert Fuller restored and refurnished the house to its former glory. In 1943 he gave Great Chalfield Manor and Garden to the National Trust to care for it and to this day his grandson Robert Floyd and his family life in the manor.

Hollywood is calling

Over the years several famous films and TV shows have been filmed at Great Chalfield, including 'The Other Boleyn Girl', 'Tess of the d'Ubervilles' and most recently it starred in 'Wolf Hall' as Austin Friars, Thomas Cromwell's house.

Great Chalfield stood in as Austin Friars, the house of Thomas Cromwell, played by Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC adaption of Wolf Hall.
Great Chalfield stood in as Austin Friars, the house of Thomas Cromwell, played by Mark Rylance