Manor Houses
The generic description of a manor house has, in some instances, been loosely interpreted to include properties that do not otherwise sit comfortably within other sections on the site. Traditionally, the manor house is of medieval origin and grew out of the prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon aisled hall. It was both a home, and the administration centre of the lord of the manor. The usual arrangement was for the lord and his family to eat and sleep at one end of the hall, and his servants would use the other end.

Later during the Middle Ages, this basic formula was extended to include service rooms on the ground floor with, perhaps, a solar (private room for the lord and his family) on the first floor. Gradually these houses changed from a single unit, to a 'T' or 'L' shaped plan by the addition of a service range. Eventually they became much more sophisticated, developing into 'H' or 'E' shaped houses, or courtyard arrangements. Other types of manor house included 'castles' which, in their simplest form, were merely a defended residence of the lord.

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