Manor Farm is Hillingdon’s flagship heritage and culture site. It has a rich historical past stretching over a period of a thousand years. The site covers 22 acres and includes the Manor Farm House, Great Barn, Little Barn, Cart Sheds, Duck Pond, Motte and Bailey, Cow Byre and Pram Shed. It is situated at the North end of Ruislip High Road. There is pedestrian access and a car park in St Martin’s Approach.
Conservation began on the site in 2007. It was funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and Hillingdon Council. Work finished in 2008.
MANOR FARM HOUSE
The house was called “Ruislip Court” until late Victorian times – it consists of a hall and cross-wing to the north of the entrance with a service wing on the south side of a screens passage. The hall was used as a courtroom when the manor courts were held, usually twice a year. The cross-wing provided lodgings of high status for the Provost, Steward or any other visitors from King’s College. A farmer who farmed the land lived in the low end of the house.
As a manorial court the house was used to administer the estate, and two types of court were held in the courtroom:
- Court Leet – cases involving land disputes, assaults and minor offences;
- Court Baron – administrative matters, deeds, wills etc. Court cases were held twice a year.
From 1529 to 1932 King’s College, Cambridge leased the Manor House and surrounding lands to a succession of people who were either local men, fellows of the College or members of the nobility. In 1932 King’s College gave the Manor Farm site as a gift to the people of Ruislip.
During the conservation works wallpaper from circa 1700 was revealed. It is believed to be the oldest surviving <i>in situ</i> wallpaper anywhere in the country. The refurbished Manor House contains an interactive display illustrating the history of the site. It features a range of artefacts and finds uncovered during the site refurbishment.
Admission is free.
November to February
Market Sundays only, 11 am – 4 pm
March to October
Wednesday to Friday 12noon – 3pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12 noon – 4 pm
Market Sundays 10 am – 4 pm
For more details Tel: 01895 277643 (Mon to Sat 10.30 am – 4 pm) Email:
THE GREAT BARN
The Great Barn can be booked for functions and is open to the public on Market Sundays.
THE LITTLE BARN
THE CART SHEDS
THE DUCK POND
THE MOTTE AND BAILEY
THE COW BYRE
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30 am to 5 pm, Market Sundays 10 am to 3 pm and other Sundays 11.30 am to 4.30 pm.
THE PRAM SHED
Manor Farm, Ruislip, London Borough of Hillingdon Historic Buildings Report by Geraint Franklin & Linda Hall. Published by English Heritage. ISSN 1749-8775
Manor Farm. A unique site of historical and cultural heritage in Hillingdon. Published by London Borough of Hillingdon
Photographs of the farm implements are the copyright of Donald Edwards & Ruislip Residents’ Association. Other photographs of the site are the copyright of David George.*