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Manor Farmhouse

The Common, Langley Burrell

In one of his most poetic passages the Victorian diarist, Francis Kilvert, immortalised Manor Farm:-

As I went through the yards (of the Manor Farm) where the cows stood and lay about waiting to be milked I thought I had never watched a more fair pastoral scene, the milkmen moving to and fro from the dairy with their pails, the young rooks cawing in the ancient elms, the laughter rippling and twinkling up the tall poplar spires and the quiet meadows studded with elms.

Manor farm was the home farm of the manor of Langley Burrell. Traditionally a home farm provided produce for the lord of the manor. In Kilvert's time, the approximately 300-acre farm was run by Alice Banks, who had a dairy herd of about 70 cows and many pigs. In November 1874, Kilvert recorded the Squire, Robert Martyn Ashe, had been very unkind to Alice and sent her a note 'fiercely' complaining about his cream being bad and her pigs straying into his woods.

The manor farmhouse dates from the seventeenth century, possibly built by the Ashe family after they brought the manor of Langley Burrell in 1657. It is constructed of stone and has a stone slate roof. To the west of the farmhouse (NGRef: ST 93500 75676) is a listed eighteenth-century barn and stable range.


Manor Farm,
The Common,
Langley Burrell


NGRef: ST 93527 75680
Historic England 1283447 

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