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Ashley Green Grove Farm

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Ashley Green.
In the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Buckinghamshire.
1974 county of Buckinghamshire.
Medieval County of Buckinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP986042
Latitude 51.72850° Longitude -0.57375°

Ashley Green Grove Farm has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

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


The rectangular homestead moat has an outer rampart on all sides and measures overall 190.0m E-W by 165.0m N-S. The NW quadrant is isolated by extensions to the moat along the E and W sides with the outer rampart greatly enlarged to the W and N. Much of the W side has been levelled. Foundations of a gatehouse are set midway in the E side with remains of a curtain wall along the E and S sides. Within this strongly defended quarter, Mr Harman encountered extensive foundations during digging, which are undoubtably those of the fortified manor-house. The sole remaining part is the present dwelling house at SP 9860 0428 formerly used as a barn and erroneously referred to as a chapel. The ground floor has probably C15 windows and doorways and the upper floor C17 half-timbering. The moat is waterfilled around the NW quadrant but elsewhere it is dry or marshy although generally in good condition. A broad causewayed entrance in the N side is probably original; all other ways in are obviously modern. (PastScape)

Remains of probable C15 walls to a strongly defended moated site. Walls have been overgrown with vegetation for many years but some have been cleared to reveal serious structural issues. A grant has been offered by Historic England to the owners to understand the extent and cost of the works needed to conserve the walls. The grant has not been accepted. Further proposals are awaited from the owner. (2016 Heritage at Risk Register)
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This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:21:02

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