Wingfield Manor

Impressive ruins of a palatial medieval manor house

Visiting Wingfield Manor

Firstly, visitors to Wingfield Manor are welcome! However, as the manor is located on private land. So, you must first get in touch with the custodians ‘English Heritage’. No doubt, there’s a need to respect the owner’s privacy. So, visits are arranged for small groups that meet-up at the entrance for a designated time.

Actually, the manor has an alluring quality and depending on the light and time of day is very photogenic.

Wingfield Manor’s History

Work on Wingfield Manor began in 1441 for Treasurer to Henry VI, Sir Ralph Cromwell. However, the building was not completed until after his death. It was then bought by John Talbot, the second Earl of Shrewsbury. The manor remained in John Talbot’s family for nearly two hundred years but was then lost due to many sieges during the Civil War.

Subsequently, Parliament decreed that the manor be dismantled and allowed to fall into ruin, and parts were taken for building materials, leaving behind the present ruins.

What remains is a usable tower, part of a greater tower that included toilets with one of the earliest flushing systems in England.

The remains of the great hall, once one of the largest in the country, contains an oriel window, where coloured glass would once shine through and illuminate the high table.