South Wraxall Manor House

South Wraxall Manor House.South Wraxall Manor House was started by the Long family in the 1420s  as an open hall house, with additions they made in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.

The house was used as a private boarding school run by a Dr F. Knight from 1817, when the school moved from Bradford, until 1826. Then it was empty off and on until 1900, when it was leased to Major E. Richardson Cox, who did much to restore it (the garden was laid out for him by A.C. Martin). Richardson Cox  had died by 1935. The Wraxall estate was sold off in several lots by Walter Hume Long MP in 1919, the house itself being sold in 1966. In the 1950s the 2nd Lord Rothermere lived there. It now belongs to rock musician John Taylor of Duran Duran.

Listed grade I

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South Wraxall Manor gatehouseThe gatehouse of South Wraxall Manor, as seen in an old postcard that was published by the Misses Merrett, who had a stationery shop in Silver Street, Bradford. The gateway is of the 16th century and has a canted oriel window above the arch and leads into a courtyard that is open on one side.

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South Wraxall manor HouseIn the centre of the picture, with the gate on the right, is the original 15th century hall house, entered through a two-storey porch. On the left is the large mullioned and transomed window of the main Elizabethan living rooms.

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Drawing Room, South Wraxall Manor HouseThe interior of the Drawing Room with its great window, ornate plaster ceiling and renaissance chimney piece that is dated 1598.

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