Old Soar Manor

16th May 2010
Old Soar Manor is a medieval manor house, one of the rare early examples of this kind of structure set in Plaxtol near Borough Green, Kent. It was built around 1290, which belonged to the Colepepper family. The Colepeppers where one of the largest landowning families in Kent and Sussex. They did this, apparently, through a policy of kidnapping heiresses and marrying them.

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Out of all of the buildings that were originally built, only the two-storey soler end remains, which stands over a vaulted undercroft. This was the Lord's private dwellings. The architecture is quite simple, but still very affective and beautiful to look at. There are a few narrow and low passages, and the stairs are a bit awkward to navigate, but it is very much worth it.

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Old Soar Manor is co owned by The National Trust and English Heritage, there is no entry fee, and when I visited there did not appear to be any staff at the site, but there is a room with information about the history of the property, which is a good and interesting read.


Links

Old Soar Manor @ English Heritage
Old Soar Manor @ The National Trust

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