Fiddleford Manor near the railway cycle trail from Sturminster Newton to Blandford

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Fiddleford Manor, Sturminster Newton (Dorset)

Places to stay near here

Summary

  • 14th century buildings
  • Free admission
  • No smoking
  • Information provided
  • Historic Property
  • Free car parking (on site)

Introduction

The principal parts of a small stone manor house, probably begun c. 1370 for William Latimer, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. The hall and solar chamber display outstandingly fine timber roofs.

The adjoining building is a private residence and is not open to visitors.

History to the present day

In about 1355 Fiddleford Manor passed through marriage to William Latimer, sheriff of Somerset and Dorset in 1374 and 1380. The late 14th century Great Hall and Solar were built for him. Both of those rooms have 600-year old timber roofs with timber work of great complexity and beauty.

Originally the smoke from the central fire would have seeped out through a louver in the roof but in the 16th century the solar wing was extended to the north, and the hall was re-modeled. One of the features of this fine new building is a plaster ceiling of the typical Tudor style. Despite being unfurnished the manor gives a strong feel of what it must have been like to live in a medieval house.

Grounds and gardens

NB: an unfenced river forms one of the boundaries to the property.

Other facilities

There are no toilet facilities.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Fiddleford Manor, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, , United Kingdom

Opening times:

1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-6pm daily.

1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm daily.

24-26 Dec and 1 Jan Closed

Admission prices:

Adult:Free

Children:Free

Concession:Free

Photographs courtesy of English Heritage Photographic Library.