Far-Flung Lost London V – Ruislip

Ruislip in Middlesex was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, as “Rislepe”, probably deriving from the Old English for “leaping place (across the River Pinn) where rushes grow”.

The Manor at the northern end of the modern High Street was given by the Norman Ernulf de Hesdin to the Benedictine Abbey of Le Bec Hellouin in around 1087, and by the Plantagenet King Henry VI to King’s College, Cambridge in 1451.

Still to be seen in the grounds are the remains of a Motte and Bailey dating to the Norman period, and, on the site of the Benedictine Prior’s House, the handsome timber-framed Manor Farm House, dating in part to the sixteenth century.

The Manor House, Ruislip

The Manor House, looking across the ‘Motte’

Manor House close-up

Manor House close-up

Also in the grounds is the Great Barn, dating to the late thirteenth century, and the Little Barn, dating to the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth, with a magnificent queen-post roof.

The Great Barn, Ruislip

The Great Barn

Little Barn, Ruislip

The Little Barn – now in use as a Public Library

Little Barn Ruislip - the ceiling

Little Barn ceiling

Opposite is the Church of St Martin, dating  for the most part to the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, with a wonderfully atmospheric interior featuring some miraculously still surviving Medieval wall-paintings.

St Martin's Church, Ruislip

St Martin’s Church, Ruislip

Medieval wall painting in St Martin's Ruislip

Seven Deadly Sins – Medieval wall painting in St Martin’s Church

Also, ringing the churchyard, a row of cottages with jettied first floors, and a row of alms-houses, both dating to the sixteenth century.

Cottages next to St Martin's Church, Ruislip

Cottages next to St Martin’s Church

Brickwork Cross on wall of Cottages in Ruislip

Brickwork cross – on the cottages next to St Martin’s

Alms Houses, Ruislip

View of the Alms Houses, from across the churchyard

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