Haversham Manor

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameHaversham Manor
Alternative NamesHaveresham
Historic CountryBuckinghamshire
Modern AuthorityMilton Keynes
1974 AuthorityBuckinghamshire
Civil ParishHaversham Cum Little Linford

The Monument includes remains of a moated site, fishponds and associated earthworks situated on a gentle west facing slope. The moated enclosure is rectangular in shape with overall dimensions of 90m N to S by 84m W to E. The moat ditch is best preserved around the west, south and east sides where it averages 10m wide and is up to 1.7m deep. The NE quadrant of the moat is shallow and considerably less well defined and has possibly been slighted some time in the past. The central platform of the moat measures some 60m N to S by 44m W to E and is raised slightly above the surrounding land surface. The interior surface of the platform is disturbed and uneven, particularly in the northern half, indicating the survival of sub-surface building remains. There is also some loose stone on the surface in this area but no visible evidence of worked stone or masonry. In the SW corner of the platform, separated from the edge of the moat by a narrow bank, is a rectangular hollow 28m W to E by 8m N to S and 1.6m deep. The sides of the hollow are steep and the base surface is level and even. Its close proximity to the edge of the moat suggests that it is likely to be the remains of a small fishpond. A shallow hollow 15m square and 0.6m deep, possibly the site of a building lies immediately to the north of this feature.

To the east of the moated enclosure a recently constructed lake approaches to within 50m of the moat edge; in the area in between are the truncated remains of fragmentary banks and hollows which are thought to represent the remains of village crofts or garden plots. A roughly rectangular hollow some 30m by 20m and 0.5 m deep, which lies adjacent to the NE corner of the moat, may represent the remains of a second early fishpond. To the east of the moat, some 60m up-slope is a large fishpond which appears later in date. It measures 100m N to S by 30m E to W and has a central island

The pond is contained along its eastern downslope side by a substantial embankment some 8m wide at the base and up to 2m high. A second small pond of similar age lies to the north; this is 38m N to S by 8M W to E. (Milton Keynes HER)

Moated site, fishponds, and associated earthworks near Haversham Manor. Adjoining the churchyard to the south is the site of a former Manor House (which was partly of possibly late C17 date) with fishponds, a moat and a dovecote (dated 1665). (PastScape)

Licence to crenellate granted 1304 to James de la Plaunche for his 'mansum suum Haveresham'.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP828425
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  • Page, Wm (ed), 1927, VCH Buckinghamshire Vol. 4 p. 367-70 online transcription
  • RCHME, 1913, An inventory of the historical monuments in Buckinghamshire Vol. 2 (north) p. 145-6 online copy
  • Sheahan, J., 1862, History and Topography of Buckinghamshire (London) p. 546-7 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1898, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward I (1301-1307) Vol. 4 p. 233 online copy