The Manor Studio

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The Manor Studios, 1990

The Manor Studio (a.k.a. The Manor) was a recording studio in the manor house at the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell in Oxfordshire, England, north of the city of Oxford.


The Manor and its outbuildings are listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.[1]

The Manor was the second residential recording studio in the United Kingdom. The first being Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire[citation needed] The concept was pioneered in 1969 by French musician Michel Magne in the Château d'Hérouville.

The manor house was owned by Richard Branson and used as a recording studio for Virgin Records, although artists signed to other labels also used the studios.

Albums recorded here include Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield during 1972–73 when Oldfield was given a week to record the album at the studio. The Bonzo Dog Band were recording there immediately afterwards (hence the inclusion of vocals by Viv Stanshall on Tubular Bells).[2] Sandy Denny also began her second solo album Sandy there in March 1972.

In April 1995, after the takeover of Virgin Records by EMI, The Manor Studio was closed as a recording studio by EMI. It is now the country home of the Marquess of Headfort.

In 2010, NME reported that the Manor was up for sale for £5.75 million.[3]

Studio facilities[edit]

The Manor Studios control room.

The facilities were advertised as follows, as of 1973:[4]

Partial list of albums recorded at The Manor[edit]


  1. ^ Historic England, "The Manor and attached outbuildings (1290378)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2 December 2016 
  2. ^ "Tubular Bells (M. Oldfield)". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "'Tubular Bells' studio up for sale | News". Nme.Com. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Notes in 25th Anniversary Edition of Tubular Bells, 1998.

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Coordinates: 51°50′44″N 1°18′18″W / 51.84556°N 1.30500°W / 51.84556; -1.30500