Westbury Manor

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameWestbury Manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHampshire and the Isle of Wight
Modern AuthorityHampshire
1974 AuthorityHampshire
Civil ParishEast Meon

n 1322 Robert {le Ewer} obtained the king's permission to fortify his house at Westbury, and about the same time the king granted to him and his heirs for ever free warren in all their demesne lands of Westbury. (VCH)

Gatehouse Comments

Site must be under or close to Westbury House (rebuilt 1906) which is next to a ruined chapel and site of DMV and in a former park. Recorded in Domesday as Wesberie (West Fort) suggesting this was the site of a thegnal burh. Although Robert Le Ewer only got a charter of free warren (allowing hunting of foxes and hares) the modern house standing in a small park and Le Ewer may have had plans for a deer park. Robert fell out of favour with the king about this time (indeed the licence may have been motivated by trying to get him on side with the king), rebelled and dies shortly after so it is unlikely that any building took place as a result of this licence, but his existing house may well have been moderately defensible. However nothing remains, the modern Westbury House replaced a Queen Anne style building burnt down in 1904 (see East Meon History), but of the medieval building nothing is known.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSU657238
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  • Osborne, Mike, 2011, Defending Hampshire: The Military Landscape from Prehistory to the Present (Stroud: The History Press) p. 244 (listed in Appendix)
  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 439
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1908, VCH Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Vol. 3 online transcription
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 408 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1904, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1321-24) Vol. 4 p. 52 online copy