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Malshanger House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Malsanger Castle; Church Oakley

In the civil parish of Oakley.
In the historic county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Modern Authority of Hampshire.
1974 county of Hampshire.
Medieval County of Hampshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU56785262
Latitude 51.26990° Longitude -1.18734°

Malshanger House has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Malshanger House was built by EDWARD, first LORD THURLOW - who bought the manor in 1806 on the south side of the ancient house, of which a lofty octagonal tower is still standing (VCH).
The original Malshanger Castle was a large Tudor house of which little is known. It is supposed that it was built by Archbishop Wareham. A number of tiles re-used in the roofs of the present out buildings are of Md. date. A subsidence in the drive almost certainly indicates a well. The tower, of red 'Tudor' - type brick is octagonal and four storeys high. It has an embattled parapet and is now a clock-tower and store. In the north face is a blocked doorway with the mark of a former roof crossing it. A fragment of walling extends to the east and another to the north. No other indication of the original building was seen other than the slight depression at the site of the supposed well - SU 56805261.
It would appear that the tower formed part of a gateway to a large Tudor manor-house (F1 WW 20-DEC-56).
A late Medieval date for the gatehouse tower is rejected. The tower is neither military nor Medaeival (King). (PastScape)

C16, early C19, mid C19. A connected structure of several dates, the main part being a long narrow block (of stable and service wing ) of one storey, and attic (of the last date ). The centre has a gable with an upper window above a 'Tudor' carriageway arch (now filled), which on each are windows and doors. Tile roof, with gabled dormers (with cills at eaves level). At the east end of the block is a tall octagonal staircase tower (part of a gateway) which is the main surviving feature of a house known to have been built by Archbishop Warham in the first years of the C16. It is in red brickwork, English bond, with a crenellated top having a moulded stone coping; there is a blocked doorway at mid-height and at the ground-floor a plain doorway with a 4-centred arch. At the west end of the block is a square 'gazebo' with an upper bay window on brackets (early C19) with diagonal metal casements. On the south and north faces of the main block are flint panels. Northwards from the west end there is a high garden wall of red brickwork, the lower of the C16. (Listed Building Report)
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