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Belper Manor

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Belper.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK35104733
Latitude 53.02223° Longitude -1.47803°

Belper Manor has been described as a Palace although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry footings remains.


There is no distinct mention of Belper till 1296, when the manor was held by Edmund Crouchback, earl of Lancaster, who is said to have enclosed a park and built a hunting seat, to which, from its situation, he gave the name Beaurepaire. The manor thus became parcel of the duchy of Lancaster and is said to have been the residence of John of Gaunt. (Enc. Brit.)

The Manor Farm House situated in the Coppice is said to adjoin the site old Manor, and several silver coins have been found here, including one of the reign of Edward I. and one of the reign of Stephen. These different discoveries tend to confirm the statement that John of Gaunt once resided here. ... Old walls of immense thickness, buried in the ground, are quite discoverable to a practised eye. ... It is said that stones of the old manor are incorporated in the present farm house, and that a house in the Fleet has over the lintel a carved stone, carried away from the site. Of this stone is given an engraving; the crossed swords, in relief, are obviously of medieval date ; whilst the incised heart, date, and initials were probably cut in 1750, when the stone was moved here. It is difficult to obtain information respecting this old manor house, as Belper was over-shadowed for centuries by Duffield, which was the mother church of Belper, Heage, Turnditch, and other chapelries. (Derry)

A manor of the Duchy of Lancaster, visited in 1439-40 by Duchy council and subsequently the timber hall was ordered to be rebuilt but no evidence was ever a residential manor of the King.
Given reference is for Manor Farm House site.
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