Picture: Warleigh Manor House
Warleigh Manor House
There was a manor house at Warleigh before the present one but little of its history is known. It stood to the south of the present house, beyond the manor farm, and was said to have been ancient and rambling. Possibly of Tudor date, an eighteenth century facade had been added.
The manor at Warleigh was purchased by John Skrine in 17th century and the Skrine family continued to own property in Warleigh for the next seven generations.
Henry Skrine, with the help of his grandmother, was responsible for building the present Warleigh Manor House which was completed in 1815 to the designs of Neale Webb, a Staffordshire architect. It has been described by Pevsner as a picturesque Tudor villa and a surprisingly early example of nineteenth century Tudor revival, with Victorian additions.
After the death of the last of the Skrines to live in the manor house, in 1956, the contents were sold and the manor house was occupied by a series of educational establishemnts: Rodbourne College, Bathford College and Warleigh Manor School. It was subsequently renovated and converted into private residences.