Birtsmorton Court

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Birtsmorton Court.

Birtsmorton Court is a Grade I listed fortified medieval moated manor house near Malvern in Worcestershire, in the former woodlands of Malvern Chase.[1]

It is located in Birtsmorton, a small agricultural parish 7 miles south-east of Malvern Wells, Worcestershire and 8 miles west of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. The house was the setting for William Samuel Symonds’ historical novel Malvern Chase.


The English place name element birt-, which often signifies the birches such as grow in this low-lying site,[2] in this particular case may be a transformation of de Brute, holding the manor under Edward I.[3]


The manor is mentioned in the Domesday Book; the present house, partly half-timbered built on a courtyard plan, is in part of the 13th century.[citation needed] In 1424–25 Birtsmorton became the seat of John Nanfan, who had most of the earlier structure demolished before his death in about 1447.[citation needed] The house was remodelled for Giles Nanfan in about 1572,[4] as heraldry in the Great Hall suggests.[citation needed] The last male heir, Bridges Nanfan, left the estate to his daughter Catherine.[citation needed]

The present aspect of the house is in part due to antiquarian restoration and emendation by Frederick S. Waller, 1871–72.[citation needed] The east range was destroyed by fire in the 18th century and rebuilt in 1929–30 by A. Hill Parker and Son, in what one commentator[who?] called a "successful pastiche".[citation needed]

William Huskisson was born at Birtsmorton Court on 11 March 1770 and spent his childhood here until he was 13.[citation needed] The house was a setting for William Samuel Symonds' historical novel Malvern Chase.[3]

The house is now privately owned and available for special events.


  • Nigel and Rosalie Dawes (current owners for over 40 years)
  • Francis Bradley Bradley-Birt (b. 1874), the husband (m. 1920) of Lady Norah Beatrice Henriette Spencer-Churchill (1875–1946)


  1. ^ "Birtsmorton Court". English Heritage list. English Heritage. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The transition from Birc(h)- to Birt- is obscured by the paleography of -t(h)-,-c(h)-, undistinguishable in many sources,"
    Survey of English place-names. English Place-Name Society. 1966. p. 72. 
  3. ^ a b Symonds, W.S. (1888). "(article title not stated)". Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, 1881–82: 2. 
  4. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1968). Worcestershire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 92. 


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Coordinates: 52°01′02″N 2°17′31″W / 52.0171°N 2.292°W / 52.0171; -2.292