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Eastington Manor House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Jestynton; Rhoscrowther; Keeston; Iseston; Tre-Jestyn; Yestinton

In the community of Hundleton.
In the historic county of Pembrokeshire.
Modern authority of Pembrokeshire.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SM90120251
Latitude 51.68198° Longitude -5.03752°

Eastington Manor House has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House, and also as a certain Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


A small ruined manor-house of the peel tower type, probably of 15th-century date, standing about 500 yards north-west of the parish church, illustrated and described in detail in Arch. Camb. for 1868 (III, xiv, 79). Although its main features are easily followed, the intervening 60 years have obliterated much. The building, which is now used for farm purposes, has a plain vaulted undercroft, with two apartments above to which access is gained by an exterior flight of steps. From the larger of the two rooms a short newel stairway leads to the summit of a low lantern or beacon tower. Around the roof runs a corbel table and parapet. The windows have been modernised. Certain " geometrical patterns," which are said to have been in the concrete or plaster floor (Journal, British Archaeological Assoc., xli, 82), have disappeared since 1885. The building should be compared with Carswell (No. 846) in the parish of Penally. (RCAHMW, 1925)

15th century, probably. Small ruined house. Peel type. 2 storey. Battlemented. Vaulted undercroft. Short newel stair. The site of ornamental gardens, or a park is indicated by a ha-ha, with remains of a gateway across it to the S of the house. A tower house of rubble stone. Vaulted ground floor and first floor hall reached by added W side outside stairs. Narrower and possibly later rear wing. C20 roofs and some minor repairs to stonework but for the most part unrestored. (Coflein)

Situated some 0.75 km NW of Rhoscrowther Church and close to Texaco Oil Refinery. Medieval tower house of C14 to early C15 date. Tower house: Rubble stone, embattled, with vaulted ground floor and first-floor hall reached by added W side outside stairs. A narrower, possibly slightly later, rear wing has vaulted room on each floor and an embattled turret which crowns the stair in the re-entrant NW angle, leading from first floor to the wall walk behind the battlements. S front has corbelled embattled parapet, one first-floor later window and ground-floor (later) broad opening. Shallow angle buttresses. C20 lightweight roofs, and some repairs to stonework, otherwise unrestored. Marks of a lost SW gabled building, possibly indicating an earlier hall range. The original entry to the tower was from the W where a pointed arched doorway survives between the gable and the outside stairs. The stairs may have been originally in timber with an upper porch for which sockets remain. One blocked narrow lancet to first floor left and one blocked N end 2-light trefoil-headed opening part-blocked by rear wing. History: C15 house belonged to Perrot family. William Meares of Eastington (d 1768) is commemorated in the church and there is said to have been a large house of the Meare family adjoining the Tower. This house was occupied by the Leach family in later C18 but mostly demolished by 1868, of which the present house may be the outbuildings. (Listed Building Description)

Salter writes C13 semi fortified solar block of manor house. King writes long low tower, probably C15. Davis write C14. May have formed part of a large structure.
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