Restored by the current owner, the Grade I-listed manor is now known to be the oldest surviving dwelling in Northamptonshire, with a history dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period.
The manor forms the focus of a group of stone buildings, which include a 16th-century dovecote, a large 18th-century tithe barn and a 15th-century lodgings building. Two of the prebendaries of this manor were closely connected to Richard III, only losing their positions in court on his death.
The gardens retain echoes of the medieval layout and you will find plants selected from lists including the earliest English gardening book by 'Jon Gardener' and a 15th-century 'Leech Book' containing medical recipes that Nicholas Colnet, physician to Henry Vth during the Agincourt campaign, might have used. He was given the Prebendal Manor in 1417, probably in return for his services.
Owner-led tour of the manor, the gardens, dovecote and tithe barn £20 including tea/coffee and cakes in the tithe barn.
Prebendal Manor, PE8 6QG
Event organiser is Historic Houses.
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