Site of Post Medieval Manor House nr The Stone Tower, Claverdon.
The site of a Post Medieval manor house which is suggested by documentary evidence. The site is located 100m north west of Leyland Plantation.
1 Thomas Spencer built a ‘very fair house’ at Claverdon, ‘and for the great Hospitality which he kept thereat, was the mirrour of this County’.
2 The stone Tower (PRN 1101) is said to have been the NW angle-tower of this great house. Thomas Spencer died in 1630. There are no further traces of the great house above ground and there appear to be doubts as to whether the Tower was actually part of the house (see PRN 1101).
4 Beighton’s map shows a rectangular building with four corner towers.
5 A further building is described in a document of 1650, but this does not appear to be Spencer’s Manor House (PRN 6283). In addition a further Medieval building, possibly an outhouse, existed in 1820 (PRN 6281).