A tour of the lost Manor of Stapeley 


This image (left) of one of the rooms shows that it was taken after the manor had been vacated.

 The exterior (right) shows a garden in need of a little attention, but the vandalism that was to follow hadn't marred the property.

But most of those below tell a different story.   


HERE is a pictorial tour of the vandalised - and now demolished - Stapeley Manor. They were loaned to me by Nantwich historian Andrew Lamberton. He, in turn, was given them by the family of the late 

Heather Gleave (nee White) who took them around 2004.

    The White family are mentioned in text that accompanied the pictures, and that would have been an entry in a book that Andrew planned to publish, which would have been called "Lost Houses in Cheshire".

   It would have been the third in a series of "Lost Buildings" books, but it was never printed.

   Andrew said that Chris Dykins and he visited the family in Audlem and was given a CD of the pictures - shortly before Heather very sadly died.



   As I wrote this in 2007, Stapeley Manor was in imminent danger of demolition despite efforts to save it.  

   The house was built between 1916 and 1918 for Benjamin Baxter, the Managing Director of a Nantwich clothing factory which at the time was producing army uniforms, giving rise to the nickname of the house as Khaki Manor. On Mr Baxter’s death in 1937, he was succeeded by his son, Jim, who carried on running the business into the 1960s.

    It is known that the house was sold to two Nantwich businessmen, a local solicitor, Mr Norman Afford and a Mr Birchall who divided the house into two separate halves.

   In 1957, Mr Birchall sold his half to Mr and Mrs White and part of this was sub-let to Mr and Mrs Harrison who stayed until the 1960s.


   Mr Afford later sold his half to two spinsters, Dora and Ilma Evans, and their cousin, Sydney Thomas. When the last remaining survivor had died in 1980, their nieces sold the half to the White Family and it again became one single property.

   The White family moved out in 1981 when they sold the manor to Raymond and Nigel Davies who were developing Stapeley Water Gardens on an adjacent site.

   Nigel lived at the manor until his sudden death in America in 1988 and then Raymond moved in and stayed there until around 1998.

   It was then rented out and the last family left around 2003. It remained empty and was subsequently vandalised as most of the pictures below show.  










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