Norbury Manor

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Norbury Manor
Norbury church and hall
Norbury church and hall
Norbury Manor is located in Derbyshire
Norbury Manor
Location within Derbyshire
Alternative namesNorbury Hall, The Old Manor
General information
StatusManor house
Architectural styleMedieval
Town or cityNorbury, Derbyshire
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates52°58′39″N 1°49′8″W / 52.97750°N 1.81889°W / 52.97750; -1.81889Coordinates: 52°58′39″N 1°49′8″W / 52.97750°N 1.81889°W / 52.97750; -1.81889
OwnerNational Trust
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameThe Old Manor and attached garden wall
Designated5 February 1952[1]
Reference no.1281200

Norbury Manor is a 15th-century Elizabethan manor house and the adjoining 13th-century stone-built medieval Norbury Hall, known as The Old Manor in Norbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]

The manor was owned by the FitzHerbert family from the 12th century, granted to William Fitz-Herbert in fee-farm by the Tutbury Priory in 1125. In 1444, Nicholas FitzHerbert and his son Ralph gave their land in Osmaston, along with other lands in Foston and Church Broughton, to the priory to purchase the manor.[2]

The manor house built by William FitzHerbert in the mid-14th century is remarkably well preserved. The Old Manor is noted for its historic architectural features including a rare king post, medieval fireplace, a Tudor door and some 17th-century Flemish glass. The adjoining Tudor house was built by Ralph FitzHerbert in the mid-15th century and rebuilt in about 1680, but retains many of the original features.

The accompanying gardens include a parterre herb garden.

The Hall was badly damaged by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War and after the death of Sir John FitzHerbert in 1649 was in a ruinous state and fell into disuse.

On the death of John FitzHerbert in 1649, the estate passed to his cousin William FitzHerbert of Swynnerton Hall, Staffordshire who rebuilt the Tudor portion of the property in about 1680. The Fitzherberts sold the estate in 1881.[3]

Norbury Hall has been owned by the National Trust since 1987 and is currently used as holiday accommodation,[4] having previously been let to tenants.[5] The Old Manor, however, is open to the public on Friday mornings and Saturday afternoons during the summer.[6]

Junior branches of the FitzHerbert family had seats at Tissington Hall and Somersal Herbert Hall.


Alabaster memorial to Ralph Fitzherbert (d. 1483) in the church
  1. ^ a b Historic England. "The Old Manor and Attached Garden Wall (1281200)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  2. ^ Society, Derbyshire Archaeological (1885). Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. The Society. p. 221. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ Emery, Anthony (1996). Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Volume 2, East Anglia, Central England and Wales. Cambridge University Press. p. 426. ISBN 9780521581318. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Holiday Cottages: Norbury Manor". The National Trust. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  5. ^ Tyzack, Anna (19 January 2008). "Norbury Manor: Property of the week". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  6. ^ "The Old Manor: Visitor Information". The National Trust. Retrieved 7 July 2013.

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