Site of Medieval Grange at Rudfyn Manor
The site of a grange, an outlying farm, which belonged to Kenilworth Abbey during the Medieval period. It was later used as a retirement home for the Priors or Abbots of the Abbey. It is situated 900m north of Chase Wood.
1 Built in the reign of Henry VII by the monks of Kenilworth as a granary (& referred to by Dugdale as the only house in Rudfyn), it was subsequently used as a retirement home for Priors, including the very last Prior after the Dissolution. It was then used by one of Cromwell’s officers, and then given by Charles II to the Earls of Clarendon, who lived there up until 1917.
2 Probably built in the second half of the 16th century. Tall post and pan timber framed house, two storeys and attic with brick nogged panels and tiled roof. Early mid 19th century Tudor style cast iron casement windows with patterned glazing. E front of 19th century brick, built when half of the original house was destroyed by fire at the same time. Interior is original and unspoilt with timbered walls and ceilings and open fireplaces, very good oak well staircase (c1600). Very attractive house set in old fashioned style gardens on a hill top with fine views.
3 Redfern Manor, situated about 1.5 miles NW of Kenilworth on the main Birmingham road, is said to have been assigned to the last Prior (? Abbot) of Kenilworth as a residence after the Dissolution. It is a two-storied timber framed house of early 16th century date, facing south. Externally it has been plastered, a wide central gable with a small projection added to form an entrance hall with modern staircase, and the eastern end shortened and rebuilt in brick. It has a tiled roof and towards the western end a chimney-stack with four engaged diagonal chimney-shafts rebuilt on the original base. The remaining chimneys are modern. At the back are 18th century additions, built of red brick.
4 House in superb condition and as described in above details.