This week I am transporting you to Selly Manor, a Tudor building. It is actually, (according to SatNav) 7 miles from my doorstep but a nice drive and destination for a sunny afternoon. Selly Manor is no longer in Selly Oak but was moved and is now located in Bournville, better known as 'the chocolate village' and the home of Cadbury's...a lovely part of Birmingham.
The Manor dates back to medieval times, originally known as Smyths Tenement until 1695 when it changed ownership and fell into decline. By the end of the 19th century it had been divided into three dwellings and known as The Rookery, then it slowly fell into disuse. George Cadbury rescued it and oversaw its move to his Bournville village.
Also on the site is Minworth Greaves, a cruck framed building thought to be about 750 years old. This hall was moved from near Sutton Coldfield and rebuilt in 1032 by Laurence Cadbury. It has an impressive oak table which runs the complete width of the hall and funerary hatchments on display. It is also where one purchases admission tickets to stroll round the garden and view the interior of The Manor House. (information from the official leaflet)
What is inside?
|Staircase up to the garret from the bedchamber|
More information available from www.sellymanormuseum.org.uk
So, until next week, have fun wherever you are and remember to always carry a book with you!
Love Lady M xxxxxx