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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Cromhall.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of South Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Avon.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST692904
Latitude 51.61209° Longitude -2.44600°

Cromhall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


William Wauton was granted a licence to crenellate cameram suam infra mansum ... Crumhale, Glouc. (His chamber in the manor) in 1311.

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1311 Feb 9 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


The term cameram is rarely used in licences to crenellate but where a building can be associated with the term it is usually a small tower house. Wauton, who seems to have been a particularly active soldier, was possibly involved in Scottish border affairs and may have being transferring border architecture to Gloucestershire. The Cromhall manor may have been newly purchased by Wauton (or newly 'granted' to him) and gave him a house near to Berkeley Castle allowing to fulfil some obscure feudal obligations to Maurice de Berkeley. Away from his main estates in Essex he may have felt more need to assert his status. The lack of remains may suggest little was built or what was built was mainly timber or thin walled.
There were two manors in medieval Cromhall. One held by the Abbey of St Augustine, Bristol was centred on Abbotside Farm. The other, Cromhall Lygon, named after later medieval subtenants comprised the rest of the manor. As such it is likely that Court Farm, directly south of the parish church, represents the site of the manor house.
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