Selly Manor

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Selly Manor
Selly Manor 1 (5537731498).jpg
The House in March 2011. Minworth Greaves can be seen to the rear left.
Former names Rookery Cottages
General information
Type Manor House
Address Maple Road, Bournville
Town or city Birmingham
Country England
Coordinates 52°25′51″N 1°56′03″W / 52.43077°N 1.93426°W / 52.43077; -1.93426Coordinates: 52°25′51″N 1°56′03″W / 52.43077°N 1.93426°W / 52.43077; -1.93426
Construction started 14th century or before
Renovated 1914–1916
Technical details
Structural system Cruck-frame
Floor count 2
Designations Grade II listed
Renovating team
Architect William Alexander Harvey

Selly Manor is a timber cruck-framed, 14th-century building, in England, dating back to at least 1327.[1] Originally the manor house of the village of Bournbrook in Worcestershire (Bournbrook is now a suburb in the modern day Selly Oak ward of Birmingham), it was relocated to the nearby Bournville district in the early 20th century.[2] Together with the adjacent Minworth Greaves, it is operated as a museum and venue for functions including weddings, for which it is licensed.[3] It houses the Laurence Cadbury furniture collection.[4]


The building's oak frame is held together by mortice and tenon joints.[2] The brick nogging (infill) is later, 16th century, and the star-shaped brick chimneys date from the 16th or 17th centuries.[5] The building was much altered during its history, and the three gabled bays are each from a different date.[5]

As Rookery Cottages, c. 1900

Court rolls of 1327 record it as being occupied by the Jouette family, who were tax collectors.[2] By the end of the 19th century the house had been sub-divided into three dwellings, which were known as Rookery Cottages.[2]


The building was in a poor state of repair when its destruction was prevented by George Cadbury, who acquired it in 1907.[2] From 1914,[1] he had it painstakingly dismantled, the parts numbered, and rebuilt near his chocolate factory, as a centrepiece for his model village, Bournville. The rebuilding project, completed in 1916, was overseen by the architect William Alexander Harvey, at a cost of over £6,000 (today worth £367,000[6]).[2] It opened to the public, as a museum, in 1917.[2] The house was protected with Grade II listed status in 1952.[5]

In 1932, Minworth Greaves, from Minworth, was similarly relocated, in the manor house's grounds.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Selly Manor Museum". Bournville Village Trust. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Selly Manor". Selly Manor Museum. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Weddings & Ceremonies". Selly Manor Museum. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Laurence Cadbury Collection". Selly Manor Museum. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Selly Manor". English Heritage. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  6. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  7. ^ "Minworth Greaves". Selly Manor Museum. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

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