Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019

This Now & Then compares the view of The Gatehouse on Church Road between present day and the early 1900's. Thanks to its Grade II* listing, it looks very similar indeed to how it did over 100 years ago. The main change you can see between the two photos is the demolition of the Villas to the left hand side of the photo which were later replaced by Shawfield Court in 1975. The Gatehouse was once the entrance to the Manor House of the Pagets and was built in c1550. It would have sat where Beaudesert Mews (1980's close of detached houses) is now located. Queen Elizabeth 1st was entertained at the Manor House in October 1602! The Manor House was demolished in 1750 but no-one knows why. It is however known that there were 50 rooms! The Grade II Manor House wall (parts of which form the boundary of the houses along Church Road), was at least 1/2 a mile in length and is now Grade II listed.

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