While walking through The Bury, Rickmansworth, on Saturday, I managed to get this image of the 16th century Grade II-listed converted Manor House, reflected in the waters of the River Colne.
There is believed to have been a dwelling on this site since around 1327, as a stone was found with this date carved in it, while work was beginning on the Manor House. For the next 400+ years the Manor House would pass from family to monarch to family to monarch. Ultimately, it would be purchased, and auctioned, by Harrods to Phillip Vos KC and, from him, to the Rickmansworth Urban District Council, just prior to World War II.
The Manor House became the headquarters of the local Civil Defence and, after the war, was taken over by the Hertfordshire County Health Authority. who ran it as a health centre until the 1980s.
The Manor House was boarded up and began to fall in to disrepair until 1991, when a fire broke out causing serious damage. Following the fire there was still no consensus on what to do with the rapidly declining building.
Finally, in 1998, work began on converting the Manor House in to seven individual houses. The exterior appearance of the building was kept, as much as possible, while what hadn't been damaged by the fire, on the interior, was preserved, too. In April of 1999, the first new occupants moved in to the Manor House,
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