Hemingford Grey Moated Manor House


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  • Hemingford Grey, Huntingdonshire.
  • Grade 1 Listed Building.


Medieval moated manor house with the island measuring 278.8ft by 216.5ft and the moat measuring 32.8ft wide.

1016-1035           Between: Documented.

1150-60              Possibly dates from but may be much earlier. Associated with Payne de Hemingford.

12th C                 Dating from: Bone crafted figure found.

12th C                 Held by the Turberville family.

13th C                 Acquired by John de Grey through marriage.

13th C                 Chapel licensed.

1321                   Chapel recorded on site.

15th C                 Held by Reginald de Grey, Lord Hastings.

1485-1509          Inherited by Reginald de Grey’s son Edmund de Grey, Earl of Kent. He owed a lot of fees to the king and it was confiscated.

1534                 Sold to Thomas Cromwell.

1540                 Passed to Richard Cromwell  .

1542                 Richard Cromwell exchanged it for other manors.

16th C                 Alterations. Leased out.

17th C                 Leased out.

1721                   Sold to James Mitchell

1799                   Destroyed by fire.

18th C                 Alterations. South side wall was rebuilt and as additions to the north-west front.

1930’s                 Semi-derelict.

1970                   Field Investigation.

2000                   Scheduled.



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