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Fenny Bentley Old Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cherry Orchard Farm; Bentley Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SK17605018
Latitude 53.04863° Longitude -1.73895°

Fenny Bentley Old Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are major building remains.

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


Cherry Orchard Farm House (Old Hall on Ordnance Survey map), Fenny Bentley, consists of two distinct portions, the late Medieval square tower and the early 17th century range attached to the south. It is constructed of stone with tiled and stone slated roofs and stone stacks. The tower, which has lost its parapet, is of three storeys and retains its stone newel stair. The locally used name and postal address is 'Cherry Orchard Farm'. 'Bentley Old Hall' is generally applied to the tower (i.e. the medieval remains) only. An impressive building with a medieval square tower with small original openings and a later 7-light mullioned and transomed window now partly blocked. There is a 17th century farmhouse attached. The nearby moat (SMR 5604) would seem to have been the site of the hall, and the truncated tower part of a medieval gateway. The whole seems to have undergone several subsequent alterations. The old manor house may have been taken down early in the 17th century. In the later 17th century it was sold to Sir Simon Degge, whose initials and the date 1680 once appeared in the fabric of the present house (Craven and Stanley). (Derbyshire HER)

Pele tower, now farmhouse. Medieval and late C17. Coursed rubble limestone with sandstone dressings. Stone slate and plain tile roofs, stone coped gables with plain kneelers at the south end and stone coped gable at the north end. Stone gable end stacks. Two storeys. Three storey late Medieval tower projecting on the west side. Angle quoins and at the north west corner a large buttress with six set-offs. West elevation with a doorway to the ground floor and a doorway above with chamfered surround and small opening above again. South elevation with a later 2-light chamfered mullion window to the ground floor and a partly blocked 7-light mullioned and transomed window above. The crenellated parapet has been removed. Original stone newel staircase inside. West elevation of the house, three bays with a gable. Central doorway with stone surround and C20 wooden porch. Flanked on the left by a 2-light chamfered mullion window and on the right by a similar 3-light window. Central 3-light mullioned and transomed window above with a similar 2-light window to the left and a similar 3-light window to the right. In the gable above, a similar 2-light mullioned and transomed window. All the windows have C20 diamond leaded lights. Two storey outbuildings attached at the north end. It has been suggested that the tower is the gatehouse of the moated hall which stood nearby. (Listed Building Report)
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