View of a green landscape with ruined brick structures
Repair and conservation work to the remains of the medieval moated manor house at Scadbury Park will soon go ahead, with grant funding from Historic England supporting the work. © Bromley Council / The Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS)
Repair and conservation work to the remains of the medieval moated manor house at Scadbury Park will soon go ahead, with grant funding from Historic England supporting the work. © Bromley Council / The Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS)

£82,000 Grant for Repairs to Scadbury Park Moated Manor

This weekend (11 - 12 September) presents a rare opportunity to see the remains of the historic medieval moated manor house at Scadbury Park, prior to important repair works taking place.

Repair and conservation work to the remains of the medieval moated manor house in the London Borough of Bromley will soon go ahead, supported by grant funding of £82,000 from Historic England.

Urgent Repairs

Scadbury Moated Manor is a moated manor house complex dating back to the 13th century. It was once owned by the Walsingham family and visited by Queen Elizabeth I.

The manor house now survives only as foundations, but potentially has
many surviving elements from earlier periods.

It is protected as a scheduled monument and is located within three hundred acres of countryside forming the wider Local Nature Reserve and part of the original estate. The site is currently on the Heritage at Risk Register.

The £140,000 repair project, part-funded by Bromley Council, will help secure some of the most urgent repairs and stabilisation of brickwork.

Open Weekend

The Open Weekend at Scadbury Manor will be socially-distanced.

Visitors can follow a self-guided trail around the moated manor on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September between 2pm and 4.30pm (last entry).

There will be the opportunity to see the current archaeological excavations and the foundations of the Tudor kitchens and great hall, showing how these would have been used when the house was owned by the Walsingham family.

Visitors will also see World War II defences and a restored shepherd’s hut.

We’re delighted to be able to fund these works to repair Scadbury Park Moated Manor which will help towards removing it from the Heritage at Risk Register. This builds on the considerable time and effort invested in the site in recent years by everyone involved, particularly the industrious Orpington and District Archaeological Society. I hope visitors this weekend will enjoy discovering the many layers of history at Scadbury from the medieval and Tudor, to the Second World War.

Jane Sidell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments Historic England
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