Unearthing a medieval mystery

Part of the work to restore the Manor House required new heating pipes to be laid across the island. In excavating the route for these pipes we knew we were likely to encounter some archaeology and so employed Oxford Archaeology to observe the digging. Almost immediately we began to uncover the remains of Medieval foundations…

It’s starting to come together…

Wow! What a year we’ve had so far down at Headstone Manor! The whole site has really started to change, aside from the works to the historic buildings, we’ve got a whole new building in which to welcome you! After 12 months of work, the Visitor Centre opened its doors to the public on 15th…

The Writing’s on the Wall

                  It’s not until you start work on an old building that you truly get to grips with the history it has lived through. Most recently in the manor house, historic wallpaper specialist Allyson McDermott, has begun to reveal (literally) some of the building’s long hidden secrets….

Small Barn, Big History

How many times have you walked past and not given a second glance to this unassuming little building? But you may not know that the oak frame of this building has stood here since  1550 A.D. Yes, you read that right, the Small Barn is 466 yrs old, we’re talking Elizabethan England (strictly speaking Edward…

Wood, Glorious Wood

        Affectionately nicknamed ‘the arc’ by visitors to the park, a new building  has been seen rising from the ground over the last month. This beautiful wooden frame is the beginnings of our new Visitors Centre, opening in April 2017. It will be home to our new cafe, with proper barista-style coffee…

Time for a little transformation

  It’s not like Headstone Manor hasn’t changed before, that’s what makes it so very special. Standing on a site that dates back to 825 A.D. (that’s the Dark Ages to you and me), the Headstone Manor that still stands today was first built in 1310 A.D. (about the same time that shoes were first…