Headstone

Another in the occasional series on “Far-Flung Lost London” …

Headstone was first recorded in 1348 as Hegeton, from the Old English for a farmstead enclosed by a hedge.  The moated manor house now known as  Headstone Manor was originally built in  the fourteenth century, possibly even as early as 1310, and was rebuilt around the turn of the fifteenth and sixteenth, and extensively remodelled in the seventeenth and again in the eighteenth (although it has also been further modified subsequent to this date).  It began life as a working farm, but from 1344 was  used as a country residence by the Archbishops of Canterbury (who had owned the land on which it stood since at least 825).  It was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1546, whereafter it passed into private ownership, remaining there until 1925, when it was acquired by the local authority. Since 1986 the site has housed the Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre, and since 2004 it has been undergoing a major restoration.  The Great Barn is currently closed to visitors (until October/November 2015), but the Granary and Manor House are open.  Note, though, that the Manor House is only open on April to October Sundays between 3-4pm (guided tours cost £3.50).

2 thoughts on “Headstone

  1. rafterd1972

    I was particularly interested in the large barn in this post. I have very good friends in the Cotswolds whose farm contained one of those huge barns. They could not change the exterior but on the interior it was large enough to contain 4 houses, one of which they have lived in for many years and the others are homes for other family members. Your photographs are beautiful.

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