Ruislip Residents' Association

Manor Farm

Manor Farm has a rich historical past stretching over a period of 1000 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

Manor Farm House Manor Farm House Manor Farm House from accross the Motte




The Manor House is Grade 2 listed and was built between 1506 and 1511 over a number of building seasons, from Easter to Michaelmas, although the preparation of building materials occurred outside this period.   At one point carpenter Henry Cogge and his mate were paid a generous daily rate of 8d and 4d.  The house was built in the latest style of the period with a decorative frontage designed to showcase the wealth of the owner.  When the house was built it had oriel windows on the facade and inside moulded ceiling beams reinforce that this is a high status property.

As a manorial court, the farmhouse was used to administer the estate and the house had a courtroom where two types of court were held:

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 Kings 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.  In1932 Kings College gave the Manor Farm site as a gift to the people of Ruislip.

During the conservation works wallpaper from circa1700 was revealed.  It is believed to be the oldest surviving in situ 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.

Opening hours:

November to February

Market Sundays only, 11am - 4pm

March to October

Wednesday to Friday 12noon - 3pm 

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12noon - 4pm

Market Sundays  11am - 4pm

For more details Tel: 01895 277643    Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Great Barn

The Great Barn Great Barn Doors

The Great Barn, Grade 2* listed, was built between 1280 and 1300 from trees felled in Ruislip Woods.  It is thought to be the oldest timber framed building of its type in Greater London and is the largest building on the site at 36.5m long and over 9m wide.  The barn would have been used to store and process crops and other produce of the Manor of Ruislip.  The size of the barn meant that a lot of the produce could be stored.  Between the 2 large double doors there is believed to have been a threshing floor.  Grain would have been stored in a granary and straw inside the barn or outside in haystacks located behind the little barn on what is now the bowling green.

The Great Barn can be booked for functions.

 

The Little Barn

Little Barn (now Ruislip Library) Little Barn from the Motte


This barn dates from the 16thCentury.  It was used as a barn until the 1930s.  In 1937 it was converted to a library.  Many of the original timbers can still be seen including the fine queen post roof.  The windows have heraldic shields – one of which is of Kings College Cambridge.  A copy of the Doomsday Book is on view in the library.

Tots and Tales Story Time - Monday 10.30am & Wednesday 10.30am for babies

Creative Writing Group- Monday 7.30pm

Scrabble -Thursday 2pm to 4pm

Kids Games – ages 6 to 11 - Friday 3.30pm to 5pm

 

The Cart Sheds

The Cart Sheds

These would have been used for storage of the horse drawn carts on the site. These have been renovated and are now craft workshops:

Studio 1 – 

Studio 2 – Pottery. Open Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 4pm and market days

Studio 3 – Shaker Maker. Fine furniture maker. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm. Weekends by appointment

Studio 4 – Mad Cat Crafts. Hand decorated gifts for home and garden. Open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm and market days

Studio 5 – Sumi London. Designs and makes leather handbags and accessories. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm and for special events on site.



Duck Pond

The Duck Pond Duck Pond and Willows.  You may notice the visitor perched in the willow on the left.

This was originally a horse pond.   The horses from the farm would be washed down here.


Motte and Bailey

Moat and Library Moat Motte mound and Manor House beyond on original Bailey site

This is a site of national importance and a scheduled ancient monument.


Cow Byre

Courtyard and Cow Byre

This dates back to the 19th century and forms part of the farm courtyard rebuilt in 1980 following a fire. Today it houses a tea room and art gallery.

Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and Market Sundays 10am to 3pm


The Pram Shed

Vegetable Fork  and other tools Man Trap Milk Churn
Foster Mother

The Pram Shed is a small building near the Manor House where there are approximately 200 Victorian farm implements. These can be viewed on request from the volunteer in the Manor Farm House.


Other Events on Site

Traditional Craft Courses at The Stables

Courses run from 1pm -2.30pm in blocks of three consecutive Mondays.
The cost of a three week course, including materials is £15
To book a place Tel: 01895 634414 / 678800 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Manor Farm Site   There are a range of educational activities and guided tours available to schools and the general public.  Volunteers are required to welcome visitors to Manor Farm House and The Great Barn.  There are various opportunities to get involved in activities and events on the site, Open House in September & the Education Programme throughout the year.

Manor Farm Women’s Institute  2nd Tuesday of the month at 1.45pm to 4pm in the Manor Farm Hall.

Duck Pond Markets

1st Sunday of the month – Farmers Market 10am to 3pm in the Great Barn

3rd Sunday of Month – Community Market 10am to 3pm in the Great Barn

 

Ruislip Country Market   Every Friday 10am To 11.30am.   Produce And Crafts in the Manor Farm Hall in the car park.

 

Acknowledgements:

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.

 



Published in Conservation on 06 April 2011. Updated on 17 December 2013
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