The Wiltshire countryside is ablaze with poppies at the moment – beautiful
Well, it’s nearly the first day of summer, lets hope someone has told the weather.
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.
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.
NB: an unfenced river forms one of the boundaries to the property.
There are no toilet facilities.
Address: Fiddleford Manor, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, , United Kingdom
1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-6pm daily.
1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm daily.
24-26 Dec and 1 Jan Closed
Photographs courtesy of English Heritage Photographic Library.