Site Event/Activity record ECC2881 - Historic building survey of Knights Manor, East Lane, Dedham


Location Knights Manor, East Lane, Dedham
Grid reference Centred TM 06132 32235 (14m by 17m)
Map sheet TM03SE
County ESSEX



Leigh Alston


March 2013



Knights Manor adjoins open countryside on the northern side of East Lane, approximately 1km south-east of Dedham village. The house is listed at grade II*, apparently in the mistaken belief that its picturesque external appearance, with tripartite leaded- light windows and exposed timber framing, survives largely intact from the 16th century. The building in fact dates from c.1620 and its present appearance is the product of an extensive Mock Tudor restoration in the 1930s. The original house consisted of a symmetrical hall and parlour divided by a central chimney stack with a lobby entrance and a two-storied porch. The framing was rendered and probably pargeted in the latest fashion of its day, with projecting oriel windows containing ovolo-moulded mullions. The octagonal shafts of the chimney have been rebuilt, but it preserves all four original fireplaces including two finely decorated stone examples that fully justify the property’s ‘star’ listing. A rear service wing contains what may be the intact fragment of an earlier house on the site, with evidence of a garderobe (i.e. privy) at its northern end, but consists largely of re-used medieval timber and is difficult to interpret with precision.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Historic Building Recording: Alston, Leigh. 2013. Knights Manor, East Lane, Dedham, Essex: Heritage Asset Assessment.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Knights Manor, East Lane, Dedham (Building)

Record last edited

Sep 23 2015 8:43AM

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