- Eye Manor
Eye Manor, at
Eye, Herefordshire, is a Caroleanor Restoration style manor housethat was described by Lord Eustonas 'The perfect English country house.'
The square brick shell resting on a
sandstone plinthwas finished in 1680, but the panelled interior with its plaster ceilings by the craftsmen who went on to decorate Holyroodmay have taken several years to complete.
mullioned windows were changed for wooden sash windowswhen the house was remodelled probably during the seventeenth century. Formerly the home of Christopher Sandfordand the Golden Cockerel Pressand of the writer Mary Carbery, the house stands on what was once a marsh island, beside a 12th century church, and has a secret passage discovered during the Second World Warby Jeremy Sandford. During the war it was the HQ of the local English Resistance who were intended to go underground in case of a German invasion and then emerge to engage in acts of sabotage.
* Eye Manor, A souvenir Guide with Historical Notes, by Christopher Sandford, John Roberts Press
* A Herefordshire Childhood, Jeremy Sandford.
* [Times Article on Eye Manor | http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/buying_and_selling/article4824205.ece]
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