Stoke Mandeville

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameStoke Mandeville
Alternative NamesStokes
Historic CountryBuckinghamshire
Modern AuthorityBuckinghamshire
1974 AuthorityBuckinghamshire
Civil ParishStoke Mandeville

The moated site to the NW of the church has been ploughed out without trace, as has the greater part of the DMV to the SE, with the sole exception of a dry, but moat-like, ditch with inner bank, centred at SP 83900933. This feature runs SE from a stream for 120.0m and then NE through a right angled corner for 50.0m to another stream. The ditch is 6.0m wide, 0.4m deep, the bank, 5.0m wide, 0.4m high. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Geoffrey fitz Peter was granted licence to fortify (firmani) his house of 'Stokes' in 1202. Renn tentatively identifies this as Stokesay Castle but this is tenurially unlikely and probably reflects a mistaken idea that such licences resulted in seriously fortified builings. Tenurially the likely location would be Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire where there were two manors, one held by Geoffrey, both of which were probably moated. It is not possible to identify this manor fully but seems likely to be the later New Manor which has been suggested as being occupied by Stoke House. A moat, at the given map reference, may represent the site of the medieval manor house. Stoke Mandeville is a deserted medieval village of which a few earthworks survive. The modern village is a refoundation of the village on a new site to the north.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP839093
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  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 316
  • Matthaei, E.R., 1955, Stoke Mandeville p. 8
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1908, VCH Buckinghamshire Vol. 2 p. 360-1 online transcription
  • Sheahan, J., 1862, History and Topography of Buckinghamshire (London) p. 197 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Hardy, T.D. (ed.), 1844, Rotuli de Liberate ac de Misis et Praestitis Regnante Johanne (Record Commission) p. 32 view online copy