In September 2022, West Horsley Place Trust began investigating the development of the Manor House through an archaeology and building recording project called What Lies Beneath.

Please find part one here with an introduction to the Manor House in 1428 and part two with an idea of what the Manor House looked like in the Tudor era. 

Part 3: A Glorious Sham, the Manor House by 1747

Carew Raleigh (owner 1643-64) spent large sums on the building and added the areas shown below in yellow.

As a young man of fashion his investment hid the timber-framed medieval house behind a Dutch Mannerist style brick façade, which still stands today, famously referred to as a ‘glorious sham’ by Bamber Gascoigne, the Trust’s founder. To allow for the symmetry of the façade to be realised, the south and east ranges of the courtyard were demolished. A carriageway between the central section and the kitchen block were built over and the Tudor and Raleigh stairs were added. 

During this remodelling the front door was moved to the right to centre it on the façade and a clock tower added. The clock tower hid the difference in ridge height between the two sides of the main range. It is believed to be the one now on the stable building, having been moved there in the 18th century.

*What is a gable?
A gable is a decorative element at the top of a wall in line with a roof top. It is normally symmetical, made up of one or more curves and has a high central point.

Click here for part 4 of our blog where we look at the Manor by 1823

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