Clawson Old Manor

An early house made special by its remarkably intact internal features.

West End, Long Clawson, Leicestershire, LE14 4PE

Old Manorhouse in Leicestershire

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A medieval monastic grange rebuilt as a modest Elizabethan gentry house, with long gallery and little intervention over the last four centuries. Conserved from impending dereliction twenty years ago, it retains a rustic interior furnished with old oak and an in-depth history.

The Old Manor House, opposite the Parish Church, was the grange of “Edric, the monks’ man” from Belvoir Priory circa 1100, almost entirely rebuilt in Tudor times by Sir Edward Hastings and his son Sir Henry, impropriators of the Great Tithes of Claxton after the priory was dissolved. A description in The King’s England as “homely and stately among the trees,” masked years of genteel neglect that had allowed the house, which is listed Grade II* by English Heritage, both to retain a huge amount of history but also to slip onto the “at risk” register. During conservation many interesting features were uncovered or identified: medieval fishpond, fourteenth century porch, wig cupboards, Elizabethan fireplaces, a long gallery, sixteenth century to eighteenth century graffiti, even a love poem scratched into the plaster work. The house also retains some of the dairy fixtures from Victorian times when prize-winning Stilton cheese was made here, and it remains a working farmhouse.

Research and restoration went hand in hand, and met with general approval and the odd award. Now, for the second time in history, the house is the home of the resident priest or parson for the village, both by happy co-incidence also chaplains to the Duke of Rutland.

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