Rippington Manor, Nr Sandy, Bedfordshire
This remarkably complete brick-built Tudor manor house sits on monastery remains recorded in the Domesday Book. The H-shaped house has an enormous stone chimney breast. It was built by Robert Audley 1565 of lath and plaster but brick-encased 1645. Home to Sir Charles Caesar and son Julius, master of the rolls.
The original building, then called Repingdon (later Reppington), was a cell of the Augustinian monastery at Repton. It stood on this site in 660 and was referred to in a charter of 1159, recorded in an inventory of the 1st Earl of Clare. It was destroyed in the Danish Wars, but rebuilt in 1172 by Maud, widow of Ranulph, Earl of Chester. The ponds were used by the monks for fishing.
Many works of art on show, including portraits of Henry VIII. Charming gardens, fine views, large ponds, walled gardens.
Guided tour of house and garden. Ground floor – flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, very early fireplace, excellent collection of paintings including small art gallery, objets d’art, collection of tea caddies. Upper floor – tour of finely decorated bedrooms and study, with many silhouettes.
Our members were totally delighted with yesterday's event, pictures, anecdotes, wonderful tea and garden.
Rippington Manor is at 16 Church Street, Great Gransden, SG19 3AF, next to St. Bartholomew's Church. From Royston, follow the A1198 towards Huntingdon. After about 10 miles turn left onto the B1046 (School Lane) sign-posted Gransdens. Follow the B1046 to Great Gransden, then turn right into Church Street.
From Cambridge or St Neots, follow the A428 to Eltisley, then take the B1040 towards Biggleswade. After about 3 miles turn left onto the B1046 (Meadow Road). Follow the road through Great Gransden to Church Street. From Biggleswade, take the B1040 through Gamlingay. At Waresley, turn right onto the B1046 (Meadow Road). Follow the road through Great Gransden to Church Street.
Tea and coffee, home-made cakes, sandwiches, biscuits and savoury bites. Christmas tour on 15th December includes a festive tea.
No photography in the house. No dogs. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
No disabled access.