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The Old Manor House

A Grade I Listed Building in Swavesey, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3052 / 52°18'18"N

Longitude: -0.0014 / 0°0'4"W

OS Eastings: 536365

OS Northings: 269334

OS Grid: TL363693

Mapcode National: GBR K4N.DGM

Mapcode Global: VHGM5.XBM5

Plus Code: 9C4X8X4X+3F

Entry Name: The Old Manor House

Listing Date: 31 August 1962

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1226398

English Heritage Legacy ID: 423489

Location: Swavesey, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB24

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Swavesey

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Swavesey St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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(South West Side)

14/122 No. 80 (The Old Manor
31.8.62 House)


Manor house. Late medieval, early C17 with C19 alterations.
Timber framed and plastered, C17 red brick, and C19 gault brick;
plain tile roofs. Two storeys; two late medieval crosswings
with central hall range rebuilt early C17. Wings extended to
rear forming open courtyard with galleries of two storeys added
to two sides. West facade. Main entrance in cross passage
position through late C19 gabled porch flanked by two canted bay
windows, one three-light casement window to north. Three first
floor three-light transomed casement windows include one
original late C17 or early C18 window. Ridge stack to south
crosswing with two octagonal shafts, large C17 side stack to
north crosswing, and rear stack to hall. Gallery in rear
elevation with almost continuous lights with ovolo mullions and
transomes separated by three red brick buttresses. Interior
details include very fine closed string staircase with turned
balusters and carved finials, half balusters and rail follow
rake of stair. Coved ceiling above staircase with drop pendant,
two other coved ceilings. Three C17 chimney pieces one with
carved figures and painted panels. Panelling in several rooms,
complete in south-west bedroom with porched entrance and closet
door; panelled hall screen moved when passage was widened later
in C17. Roofs, C17 with side purlins, and rafters and collars
of original crown post roof. The manor was purchased in 1549 by
the 4th Sir John Cutts (1525-1554), of Horham Hall, Essex; his
son, 5th Sir John Cutts of Childerly Hall Cambridge 'built a
very pretty retyring house there', (Swavesey) (Cole). The manor
was called Bennets, and was sold by the Cutts family in 1718 to
Mr Bacon.
Layer and Cole. MSS, CRO
Ravensdale J.R. History on Your Doorstep BBC 1982
Scott P. Swavesey Church and Village c.c. 1982
Cambridge Family History Soc. Vol.I No.1 p.90 1977

Listing NGR: TL3636569334

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