Herefordshire's Lower Brockhampton Manor boasts a history that spans some 600 years
Photo: © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
This 15th-century timber-framed moated manor house sits amid a rich farming landscape. It was built in 1425 for John Dumbleton, probably using timber from the surrounding estate. The family made full use of the estate’s productivity, and archaeological excavations have found that cereal crops were grown near the manor house in medieval times.
The building itself had to move with the times, being adapted to meet the needs of those who lived in it. The Barneby family, for example, put an upper floor into the original medieval great hall in order to accommodate their multitude of children. The same family later moved out of the property and into a mansion at the top of the estate.
From the 18th century the house was occupied by estate workers such as Joseph Cureton and his family. He was the estate wagoner and cared for the estate’s horses. Despite his status, they were not a well-off family and during this time the house fell into disrepair.
In the Victorian era, architect JC Buckler was brought in to carry out a sensitive repair of the building, restoring much of the character that’s evident today.
The National Trust are now custodians of the property. Visitors can explore the house and its outbuildings plus the serious acreage that surrounds it. The estate boasts orchards and gardens as well as abundant walks through the parkland. The Grove Pool has an education shelter and pond-dipping platform, and there’s a natural play trail for smaller folk to enjoy. There’s also a tearoom, shop and kiosk and a secondhand bookshop to browse – it really is easy to while away a whole day on this glorious Herefordshire estate.
AT A GLANCE
Food and drink: The Old Apple Store tearoom is open every weekend for hot food and light meals. There’s also a shop and a kiosk serving light refreshments.
Dogs: Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead in the woods and parkland.
Accessibility: There is mobility parking and adapted toilets. The grounds are partly accessible, but there are steep slopes and uneven surfaces. A map of the accessible route is available.
Opening times: The house is open from 11am–5pm (grounds from 10am). The tearoom is open from 10am-5pm at weekends and daily during school holidays.
Upcoming events: Make Do and Mend Family Trail and Blitz Spirit Outdoor Games, 21st July. Wild Child Campout, 30th July.
Prices: House and estate: adults from £8.55; children from £4.25. Estate only: adults from £5.90; children from £2.95
Contact: Brockhampton Estate, Bringsty, WR6 5TB. Tel: 01885 482077. Visit the National Trust website
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