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Name:Manorhouse, Newport
SMR Number:18805
Type of record:Building
Grid Reference:TL 521 339
Map Sheet:TL53SW


Royal manor house at Newport

Full description

There is known to have been a manor-house in Newport, owned originally by the King and then by the Earls of Cornwall. Its identification is not proven but it is probable that early post-medieval references to the presence of a 'Stone Hall' and a gatehouse in the town <1> refer to the manor-house. The use of stone as building material in Essex is normally only confined to important public buildings or the homes of the very wealthy, and in Newport the only other stone buildings were the church and the hospital. The location of the 'Stone Hall' is given in a 1760 rental as being on the west side of South Street, near the later Newport House. In addition to the manor-house there would have been the usual range of farm-buildings, for example permission was granted in 1229 to take twenty royal oaks to build a barn on the manor. <2>

<1> Nurse, B, Pugh, J and Mollet, I, 1995, A villlage in time: the history of Newport, Essex (DESC TEXT). SEX54008.

<2> Medlycott, Maria, 1999, Newport: Historic Towns Assessment Report (DESC TEXT). SEX54010.

Monument Types

  • GATEHOUSE (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Conservation Area: Newport

Sources and further reading

<1>DESC TEXT: Nurse, B, Pugh, J and Mollet, I. 1995. A villlage in time: the history of Newport, Essex.
<2>DESC TEXT: Medlycott, Maria. 1999. Newport: Historic Towns Assessment Report.