English Heritage, Fiddleford Manor,

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English Heritage, Fiddleford Manor,

English Heritage, Fiddleford Manor,
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK2,119 contributions
Great Architecture
Sep 2019
We found this by accident , just apssing on the nroad, well worth 30 minutes to look at it. The wooden beams are incredible. It could do with a bit more information around, but it is free to get in
Written October 13, 2019
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Andrew S
Paignton, UK396 contributions
What a pleasant surprise to discover that it's free entry!
Aug 2019
Whilst in the area, I visited Fiddleford Manor, expecting just ruins (because the English Heritage sign said that there was no entry charge). I was a little unsure whether to try the door, but yes, it was unlocked and there was no-one inside asking for money!
What a beautiful gem of a building it was, lovely architectural detail with informative panels, but above all else, what a wonderful atmosphere to take in.
Use the signed, free car park (good for a picnic, too) and you will see the pathway by the information board. Sometimes, horses in the paddock will come to greet you!
Other parts of the building are in use as a private home. After your visit, why not stroll down to the River Stour (5 minutes) and enjoy the view, maybe taking a paddle in the shallow water on the far bank if it's hot?
Written September 22, 2019
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Traveller
20 contributions
Hidden gem
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a beautiful, quiet, unspoilt destination. We accessed it, by chance, from the nearby trailway. There is no entrance fee, no gift shop, just a beautifully preserved house which visitors are free to explore. There are small notices giving some background information. Be careful you don't try to go into the adjoining private property by mistake, though, as we did!
Written July 13, 2019
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SEdwds
Shaftesbury, UK40 contributions
Lovely old manor
Jun 2019 • Friends
Free entry to the old manor, lovely wooden ceiling of unique design and style. Ample car parking, call in when passing
Written June 10, 2019
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juneduffy432
Epsom, UK223 contributions
Free historical site.
Mar 2019 • Couples
Good to see a few of the old manors rooms. Part of the manor is privately owned and not open to the public. You get a brief history of the time.
Written March 20, 2019
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ukjunela
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK47 contributions
Fiddleford Manor
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is a gem of a find. A beautifully restored Manor House from the 1300s in the heart of the countryside. The roof beams are simply magnificent and the restoration a credit to English Heritage.
Not to be missed!
Written September 7, 2018
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johnbrown440
Loughborough, UK43 contributions
Interestig
Aug 2018 • Couples
Tucked away by a river , well worth a visit and very interesting, good access and adjacent car parking
Written August 27, 2018
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preglad
New York3,511 contributions
Off the track FREE EH small gem offers insight into medieval knight's domesticity
May 2018 • Couples
Herein is an atypical site in so many ways including being a relatively intact knight's home; it's quite unusual for English Heritage (I'm a big fan gobbling up options and thrice renewed member) to offer a free site that isn't essentially a mere remnant, derelict or skeleton of its former self.

Fiddleford Manor is attractive, spacious and robust in its inclusions, yet once again, oddly enough is unsupervised in terms of either guides or volunteers, though it offers numerous helpfully descriptive placards throughout.

An otherwise undisturbed walkthrough, as occurred in our case, provides an aura conducive to fantasy and wanderlust. It's fun to imagine what might have been happening inside when the suit of armor was left hanging in the hallway.

A few inclusions: a most interesting artistic beamed ceiling, impressively well designed interior including second floor layout, painting of Angel Gabriel on a wall, (another of Mary, the mother of Jesus, has devolved into but a vague unrecognizable trace). Leave or maintain all ashistorically suggestive please, but this place could easily be converted to a comfortable contemporary upscale home.

Well worth a peek.
Written July 20, 2018
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK4,693 contributions
WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF A MEDIEVAL MANOR
Jan 2018 • Couples
Tuesday 30 January 18, my husband and I drove to Fiddleford in Dorset to go to visit ‘Fiddleford Manor’ under the care of the English Heritage.

Fiddleford Manor is a medieval manor house, completed in 1370. It has undergone many changes since then, but the splendid timber roof over the great hall and solar are the most spectacular in Dorset. They reflect the original owner’s rising status and ambition. In the 14th century it was essential for a great man to entertain lavishly, and these rooms represent the kind of conspicuous expenditure that would be expected of a man of authority and means.

The manor house has no detailed recorded history, but it is assumed that it was built for William Latimer, sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. Men like Latimer, as sheriffs and justices, made the king’s government work in the shires – it was a practical alliance between central authority and local influence.

Latimer acquired the Fiddleford estate by marrying the daughter of its previous owner, John Maury, in 1355. There had been a manor house here already or close by.

A mill at Fiddleford is mentioned in Domesday Book in 1086. However, Latimer clearly felt in need of a more up-to-date house to reflect his importance as a royal sheriff.

The house is T-shaped, with Latimer’s private residence contained in the two-storey cross-wing, to the left of the main south entrance door. This formed a comfortable house, with the service rooms (buttery and pantry) on the ground floor, and a large chamber (solar) above.

Though much of the building has been altered, the original solar roof is complete. It is a magnificent oak structure, with graceful arched braces or trusses. There are traces of a wall-painting in the solar, where part of the Angel Gabriel from an Annunciation scene survives to hint at the richness of the original decoration.

To the right of the entrance is the two-storey great hall, essential for Latimer’s duties as a royal official. Again the room has been much altered, but the elaborate roof, though incomplete and smoke-blackened, is still a fine sight with its elegantly arched and cusped struts and braces.

The gallery at the west end above the screens or service passage is a 16th-century addition, and is now supported on a modern structure. With its beautifully decorated walls, painted furniture, rush matting and fabric hangings beneath the great roofs, Latimer’s new house would have provided a statement of power that benefited both the king and his trusted agent, in the role of sheriff.

The Manor underwent many alterations since Latimer’s time. By the 16th century the house belonged to Thomas and Anne White, who extensively remodelled and enlarged it. Their initials feature on the 16th century stone shields in the passage.

In about 1660 the hall, which once extended almost to the river, was reduced in length by about six feet; the present end-wall dates from that time, though the fireplace is a century older, having been moved from the south side of the hall.

The north wing (is still inhabited to this day, and is not open to the public) was added in the 16th century and the west wing, behind the solar, in the 18th century. My husband and I loved this very fine manor by the river and we took lots of photographs of both its interior and exterior.
Written February 8, 2018
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Pingalu
117 contributions
Beautiful location
Jul 2017 • Couples
Gorgeous house that I would happily live in if I could add a few modern conveniences :-)
Beautiful setting and you can do a circular walk too.
Always worth seeing if the lavender project next dorset is open too.
Written November 25, 2017
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