Knighton Manor (also known as Knighton Gorges)6643

Newchurch, England

Brief Description

The surviving remains at Knighton Manor comprise the walled gardens with garden earthworks, alcove and garden building, and the gatepiers to the demolished house.

History

A house was constructed at Knighton Manor in the 16th century on the site of a 14th century deer park. The house was demolished in 1821.

Detailed Description

The remains of the gardens at Knighton Manor are situated on the south side of Knighton Down beside a water source which feeds the river Yar.

A late 18th century walled garden survives to the west - wall (Listed Building Grade II), divided by a later wall.

The upper garden contains raised banks, which are possibly the remains of a bowling green.

There is an alcove (Listed Building Grade II) - within the eastern wall of upper garden.

The lower garden contains a brick garden building with a vaulted ceiling - attached to the dividing wall (Basford 1990)

Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Newchurch
History

Detailed History

Knighton Manor was the seat of the de Gorges and later the Dillingtons.

The following references are given by the Isle of Wight Gardens Trust:

A park to the west in the 14th century. An orchard was present in the 17th century. (Oglander Memoirs ed. W.H. Long 1888).

A park and rabbit warren enclosed by a pale existed in the 17th century (Survey of the Manor of Ashey 1624).

The site is shown on a map and the occupier named as Maurice Bisset Esq (Andrews 1769).

Shown on map (Worsley 1781). Illustrated (Worsley 1781).

Shown on map (Clarke 1812).

An area of individual trees in was present in open ground to the east.

An avenue (Ordnance Survey (OS)1793). Notable Lime trees

Walled gardens. Individual trees in open ground to the east and west (OS 1866).

An ornamental lake and a boat house once existed (Englefield 1816) - now lost.

The house at Knighton Manor was demolished in 1821. The property has the reputation of being the most haunted site on the island.

Period

  • Late 18th Century
  • 18th Century
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