When the Manor estate was started it was just a farmhouse which still abutts the magnificent later manor house.It was originally in Trowle, then renamed Bradford Without before reverting to Trowle in 1980′s. The property is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the Abbess of Glastonbury’s estate. The Manor House was originally built as a classic Queen Anne house, then modified in Georgian times, to be a beautiful Georgian home. It is now grade II star. It has a classic facade with attic dormers, in a fully hipped stone tiled roof behind a plain parapet, over a dentil course. Tall sashes in stone architraves are sighted around an 18th century stone doorway under a semi-circular pediment on brackets, approached up steps. Window sills are carried on brackets and there are string courses over the ground floor and below the first floor windows. There is a stair turret in the North West to the attics, lit by semi-circular headed windows with keystones showing a host of re-used, worked and moulded stones from window mullions etc.
In the older section of the farmhouse, what was originally a three roomed cross-passage house, the inner room still exists, initially open to the roof but always with a fireplace, which is still in use. Huge trusses are visible in the upper roof area of the house cleaved from a single tree and joined by a large tie beam. Initially wind braced, but since removed, the wind brace slots are still evident in the trusses. Construction is of local limestone, mostly rubbled with an ashlar front on the Queen Anne alterations. The property had historically been a farm but has had its land holdings reduced over the years to just 4.5 acres. The Vincent family who left in 1932, lived in the house and worked the farm with their sixteen children! They are believed to have been the last to work the property completely as a farm although the chicken sheds were in full production until the mid eighties.
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