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Fawley Court

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Fowley, Divine Mercy College

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SU76528421
Latitude 51.55163° Longitude -0.89776°

Fawley Court has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry footings remains.

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


A country house constructed in 1684, reputed to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren, although this is unproven. It was altered in the late 18th and 19th centuries and converted into a boarding school after 1953. The school closed in 1986 and the house was used as a retreat and conference centre under the ownership of a Roman Catholic congregation of priests, the Marian Fathers. In 2009 the house was sold into private hands. It is two storeyed and H-shaped in plan, built of brick and stone with a hipped tiled roof. The present house stands on the site of an earlier manor house, possibly dating back to the 12th century and possibly fortified. (PastScape)

Foundations of fortified house said to lie under later building. There is a C12 doorway reset in a dairy which, even if from an ecclesiastical building as suggested by the VCH, implies this was the manorial centre from that date, despite being some distance from the parish church. 200 acres of deer park and the asserted right to fishing in the adjacent Thames suggest the reason for unusual location. The tenurial history, held for a knights fee by a sub tenant, is not inconsistent with a small fortified manor house but there does not seem to be any real evidence of medieval fortification here. The house was attacked in the Civil War, which might weakly suggest there was something defensive about it then, but has been completely rebuilt and the landscape remodelled so that not even a moat survives.
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