Crowland’s Abbey Manor: The Park

  • Dry Draton, Cambridgeshire
  • Scheduled Monument
  • Monument Number 369186


Medieval moat covering 14 acres.


11 C                            Occupied.

1266                            Burnt by followers of Simon de Montfort.

1267-1268                   New Hall was built.

1543                            Sold to Thomas Hutton after the Dissolution.

1552                            Thomas Hutton died and his son, John Hutton, inherited his lands and then gave them all to his wife, Elizabeth.

1560’s                         Rebuilt by John Hutton slightly to the east of the Old Hall. A stone walled courtyard to the north and gardens to the east.

1565-1580                   John Hutton blocked off surrounding closes to build his stone walled courtyard.

1590’s                         Timber framed buildings were reconstructed.

1596                            John Hutton died and his wife held his properties.

1597                            Elizabeth Hutton married Sir William Hinde.

1609                            Elizabeth Hutton married Sir Arthur Capell.

1620’s                         The buildings were remodeled in brick.

1626                            Elizabeth Hutton died without issue and the property passed to her brother Robert Lawrence of Brockdish.

1637                            Robert Lawrence died and it was inherited by his eldest son William.

1649                            William Lawrence died without issue and it was inherited by his young brother Aslack Lawrence.

1652                            Aslack Lawrence sold it to Anne, widow of Sir John Cutts.

1658                            Anne died and it went to her son, John Cutts.

1670                            John Cutts died and it went to Anne Cutts brother, Humphrey Weld, of Lolworth Castle. The house included a Hall, parlour, dining room, 6 chambers and approximately 18 hearths.

1674                            Owned by Humphrey Weld who remodeled it.

1678                            Rebuilt and faced in red brick by Humphrey Weld. Had three storey’s, the front to the north, had six bays and a short wing on the south side. A statue stood on each side of the north approach, and there were stables and barns to the east.

1730’s                         Occasionally lived in by the Dukes of Bedford.

1685                            Humphrey Weld died with lots of debt and the Manor and it was bought out by the mortgagees, the senior most being Tom Howland.

1686                            John Howland died.

1689                            John Howland’s widow, Elizabeth, was Lady of the Manor.

1695                            Elizabeth and John Howland’s daughter, Elizabeth, married Wriothesley Russell, Duke of Bedford.

1724                            Elizabeth died.

1730’s                         Kept as a Great House for occasional visits.

1750’s                         Abandoned, decaying and in ruins and used by tenant farmers.

1817                            Demolished and materials used to build Scotland Farm.

1831                            The staircase and paneling were for sale.

19 C                            Described as ‘Gothic’. Had four parlours and six or seven bedrooms.

1973                            Field Investigation.

1979                            Excavated by Cambridge University Archaeology Field Club.


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