The Hampton Gay Manor is near the River Cherwell and off of Oxford Road in the village of Hampton Gay, the civil parish of Kidlington, the county of Oxfordshire, England.
In 1544, Leonard Chamberlayne sold the Hampton Gay estate to John Barry, who built the manor house during the latter 1500’s. The manor home was constructed in an E shape and designed in an early Renaissance Elizabethan architectural fashion. Stylized with a crenelated porch, gabled walls, decorative lintels, Renaissance interior paneling and elegant stone, the home would be lived in until the 1880’s. The estate was sold by the Barry family in 1682 and the home was sold again in 1691, 1809, 1849 and 1862. By the 1800’s the home was said to be falling into certain amounts of decay but continued to be lived in. The Hampton Gay manor interior was wholly destroyed in 1887 when an unattended fire broke out.
Wadham College, who bought the manor home in 1862, sold the ruinous estate to Colonel S L Barry, a descendant of the Barry family who gave it to his daughter upon his death in 1943.
In 1975, the home was bought by Jiri Fenton who tried to submit plans to redevelop the home but sometime during the late 1980’s to early 1990’s the estate would be sold again to Christopher Buxton. Mr. Buxton submitted plans to redevelop the home but keep the stately exterior intact in 2010 but these have yet to surface on whether they will ever be permitted. Mr. Buxton states that some of the north facing walls have already collapsed and something needs to be done to save what is left of the Hampton Gay manor and history of the village.
Ever after, the Hampton Gay manor has yet to be recondition and remains as ruins to this very day. The 16th century walls are a scheduled monument and a Grade II listed building and is on the resister of historic buildings at risk. It is stated to be a priority building in worsening condition.
Where are the forgotten 16th century ruins of the Hampton Gay manor house? You can find it with these coordinates. 51.84492,-1.295582.
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