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Shellingford Manor

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Shellingford Castle; Shillingford

In the civil parish of Shellingford.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of Oxfordshire.
1974 county of Oxfordshire.
Medieval County of Berkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU31969347
Latitude 51.63927° Longitude -1.53988°

Shellingford Manor has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


The Manor house of Shellingford, described by Lysons as an ancient stone building "called, it does not appear for what reason, Shellingford Castle" has now disappeared (Lysons), but foundations of the house were pointed out to W. Money some years before 1910. He refers to the buildings as Shellingford Castle (Money). An early C16 range of buildings southwest of the Church, and now converted into cottages, is probably the remains of the manor house offices (Long) There are no remains of "Shellingford Castle", and the site is now occupied by a farmyard and a grass plot. The cottages to the S.W. of the church have been much altered and retain little of C16 date or interest. A water-colour by Buckler (1818) of Shellingford Castle is in the Bodleian Library. This shows a C16 house of 2 storeys with gables containing attic windows. The S.W. face has 3 gables and the S.E. face 4 gables. The painting shows the frontage of the house to be flush with the N.E. end of the above mentioned cottages and the house would therefore be centred at SU 3197 9348. (field investigators comments 1964) Shellingford was a principal demesne manor of Abingdon Abbey estates in 1086. It produced cheese. Fishpond earthworks have been recognised but no documentation has yet been traced. There were two manors here, one of which was Shellingford Newbury. There is documentary evidence only for a dovecote and a corn mill (Bond). (PastScape)

The tenurial history, as the chief manor of Abingdon Abbey, argues against a castle although the medieval manor house may have been used by the abbot and may, therefore, been of high status and impressively built. However, it would seem most likely that the castle name is a later, fanciful, attribution.
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