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Pebmarsh Manor House

In the civil parish of Pebmarsh.
In the historic county of Essex.
Modern Authority of Essex.
1974 county of Essex.
Medieval County of Essex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL853334
Latitude 51.96887° Longitude 0.69639°

Pebmarsh Manor House has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Fitz Rafe mansion house (presumably Rafe Hall, TL 857335) stands near a brook in Pebmarsh Street, At one end of it was an ancient chapel, and not far from it in Castle Meadow stood a castle whose remains were barely visible in 1768. (Morant; Fowler) The guide to St. John the Baptist's Church Pebmarsh states "Apparently the family of Sir William Fizralph held the Manor of Pebmarsh which is now the Post Office". This building stands at TL 85323348, 60.0m. E of where a stream crosses the village street. It is timber framed and plastered, but modernised and not outstanding. RCHM date the house to the 16th century which is confirmed by its former owner Mr. Trendall who said that it occupies the site of the former mansion. A length of flint rubble walling about 0.6m wide was uncovered in 1950 at TL 85293347 whilst digging a drain but this was not positively identified as part of the mansion or suggested castle. Castle Meadow is centred TL 85253353 , on low ground to the W of a stream and is cut by drains. No structures have been encountered here. No evidence was found to connect this site with the former rectory, now called Rafe Hall, which stands uphill 400.0m. to the east (Field Investigators Comments–F1 BHS 22-NOV-77). (PastScape)

The location, adjacent to the church is certainly that of a manor house and the presence of a chapel suggest one of reasonable high status. A castle field name is weak evidence but does suggest the manor house had some 'military' architectural styling.
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