Colewe Heys

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameColewe Heys
Alternative NamesColway; Coleheoh
Historic CountryDorset
Modern AuthorityDorset
1974 AuthorityDorset
Civil ParishLyme Regis

Licence to crenellate granted, in 1335, to Ralph de Bloyou for his 'mansum' at 'Colewe Heys'. Parker writes "Possibly Coombe-Keynes" Emery writes Colway in Lyme. An early C19 house on the site which dates back to before Domesday.

Colway Manor House was entirely rebuilt 1921 but incorporates the early 17th century stone entrance to the former house. A barn north of the house is of C17 origin (RCHME). Known as Colway Manor according to an inscription on the gate. The exterior appears to be completely modern apart from stone entrance referred to above, and it could not be ascertained if the present house is built upon the site of the former manor house. The barn, at SY 33769302, has walls of stone and cob, and an apparently original timber-framed roof (Field Investigators Comments-F1 GCS 11-FEB-55). (PastScape)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSY337300
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 695
  • RCHME, 1952, An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset Vol. 1: west (HMSO) p. 149 no. 35 online transcription
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 410 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1895, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1334-38) Vol. 3 p. 77 online copy


  • Dorset County Council, 2011, Dorset Historic Towns Survey: Lyme Regis Download copy