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Brief description of site

Buxlow Manor is also known as Red House Farm or Ghost Hole (1826). It was recorded in the early-13th century as the property of John Cordebouef. The current red brick manor house, dating from about 1678, is of Elizabethan E-plan comprising two wings with sophisticatd Dutch style gables. The present owners bought the two hectare property in 1978 and redesigned the gardens which had been ploughed up and put down to grass. The gardens now comprise a large pond, pavilion, remains of an old pergola, Tudor wall, old dairy, greenhouse, workshop and a refurbished canal or possible moat. There are a substantial number of feature trees including an impressive Metasequoia Glyptostroboides. There are also a large number of interesting roses and shrubs. There is a kitchen garden, orchard, wilderness area, spring and sunken gardens. There is an interesting statue in a niche at the back of the house, thought by Pevsner to be of St. Agnes but now thought to be St. Margaret of Antioch or an East Anglian angel of 1470-1500.

Brief history of site

The 13th century owner was John Cordebouef who died in 1300. The estate was passed to the Bokyll family of Friston; Maud Bokyll married John Jenney in 1435 and the property passed to the Jenney family until about 1750. Edmund Jenney refurbished the manor in the Dutch style in 1678. The last Jenney sold the manor to Edward Vernon in 1745 and it was then held by the Vernons until 1818. The manor was then sold to John Ayton and occupied by a series of tenant farmers. The Hawdons bought the manor in 1922 and undertook extensive structural changes in 1936. Frank Hall inherited the house in 1972 and ploughed up the gardens and laid them to lawn and the house was used as a bed and breakfast. The current owners bought Buxlow Manor in 1978.

Location information:

Address: The Green Knodishall, IP17 1TH

Locality: Saxmundham

Local Authorities:

Suffolk; Suffolk Coastal; Knodishall; Saxmundham

Historical County: Suffolk

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 156 Grid Ref: TM410632
Latitude: 52.2143 Longitude: 1.52643


Take A12 junction B1119 east from Saxmundham (A12 junction to Buxlow Manor 4.22km) direction Leiston, Rendham Road for ~1km turn right into Albion Street Cont 0.1km straight on to Station Approach for 0.03km then right to New Cut 0.1km then left into Chantry Rd 0.11km cont on B1119/Church Street 0.19km cont. on B1119 bear left into Church Hill 2.88km turn left 0.51km turn right 0.24km Buxlow Manor (Red Hs Farm) is situated on left hand side.

Visitor facilities

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Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: historic house

Site Style : informal

Site first created: Before 1300

Main period of development: Late 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2

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