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Dormston Manor

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Dormeston; Bag End Farm

In the civil parish of Dormston.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Worcestershire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Worcestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO99015729
Latitude 52.21387° Longitude -2.01579°

Dormston Manor has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Bag End Farm is a late 16th century timber framed house with later additions. The building complex includes a number of listed buildings, in addition to the house, these include a barn and two dovecotes. Bag End Farm is likely to have been the medieval manor site for Dormston rather than Moat Farm. The manor house, whichever site it occupied, was granted a license to crenellate in the 14th century. It is possible, although unsubstantiated, that Tolkien wrote parts of the Hobbit whilst staying at Bag End Farm.
The features which constitute the possible moat are two ponds which, unless further evidence is found, must be considered as either fishponds or ornamental garden features. Their location and appearance would suggest that they are ornamentalised former fishponds. The first pond is situated 50 metres to the south east of the house and runs for 60 metres to the south, it is 8 metres wide. There is a possible cobbled surface leading into the north of the pond, believed to have been used for the washing of carts. 50 metres to the south west of the house is the second pond.
Although the Ordnance Survey shows this pond as 'L' shaped and a possible moat survival, the feature on the ground is not as regular as portrayed. This pond runs 40 metres southwards from which point it runs to the east the pond makes a slight loop to the north. This pond is approximately 8 metres wide. (PastScape ref. English Heritage Alternative Action Report dated 27 July 1998 by D F Russell)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1388 Feb 12 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Licence to Crenellate granted to Sir John Russell in 1388. If the pool mentioned above started out it may be the C14 manor house stood slightly south of the C16 manor house.
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