Manor Farmhouse is a Grade II* building probably with 15th century origins, with 16th century and later alterations. (1)
Manor Farmhouse is a Grade II* building that mainly dates to the late 16th century but incorporates substantial remains of a 15th century Manor House of the Babington family, and saw later alterations and additions in the 18th century. It is constructed from massive ashlar gritstone rising in part from a shallow plinth, with coursed rubble work to the alterations and later additions, and has stone slated roofs. The interior of the central range contains a triple arched hearth range, the centremost one wider than the two flanking openings, the arches unmoulded, but out of proportion to the present house. The spine beam and joists are substantial, and appear to pre-date the external fabric. Anthony Babington, leader of the Babington plot to restore Mary Queen of Scots to the throne, lived here, and was executed in 1586. The present farmhouse was the model for Thackers Farm in Alison Uttley's novel 'A Traveller in Time'. (2)
Parts of the 15th/16th century farmhouse may also contain vestiges of the original Dethick manor house, as the latter was undoubtedly large; an inventory taken in May 1560 reveals at least 42 rooms. (3) [This reference may relate to Church Farmhouse rather than Manor Farmhouse]
Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1335316.
Bibliographic reference: Craven, M & Stanley, M. 1982. The Derbyshire Country House, Volume I. p 30.
Unpublished document: County Treasure Recording Form. 1/35, with photo.
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Centred SK 3275 5798 (30m by 22m) (Centre)
DETHICK, AMBER VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE
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