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Report - Berkyn Manor - Horton Sept 2012

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Evilgenius, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Evilgenius

    Evilgenius 28DL Full Member
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    It all started on a very wet day, thinking this place was a no go for one reason and another we were blown away when we got in and saw what gems had been left behind, this place Is just stuck in time, looks like the last occupier had just upped and left and not taken a thing.

    Visited with D@ywalker, Markymark and Rob (sorry dude didn’t catch your user) top quality explore even If we defied death getting to the upper floors and a very near miss by a huge chunk of ceiling coming down unexpectedly in the library.


    A little history:


    The Rayner family has been farming in the Colnbrook area since the reign of Elizabeth I. In 1945, the family purchased Berkyn Manor Farm & Manor House in Horton, together with 60 acres of land (the site of Berkyn Manor was also the home to the famous poet, Milton, and his parents from 1632 to 1638). In 1954, J Rayner & Sons Ltd was founded from the original farming partnership.

    Between 1636 and 1638 John Milton lived with his family in Horton in a house reputedly on the same site as today's Berkyn Manor Horton on J. Rayner and Sons farm.

    John Milton (1608-1674) is best known as the author of the great epic Paradise Lost and of numerous sonnets and other works, from Comus and Lycidas to Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Of all the major English poets, John Milton was by far the most deeply involved in the political and religious controversies of his time, writing a series of pamphlets on free speech, divorce and religious, political and social rights that forced a complete rethinking of the nature and practice not only of government, but of human freedom itself.


    History of Berkyn Manor

    • 1458 John Berkyn died
    • 1560 Nov 24th Will of Thomas Bulstrode left a (Berkyn) Manor to 2nd son Thomas
    • 1588 Rayners had bought Colnbrook Farm during the reign of Elizabeth I and that they had previously owned a farm down the lane.
    • 1626 34 people die of plague in Horton
    • 1632-1638 John Milton lived with his father John & brother Christopher in Horton (future Berkyn Manor) house rented from Earl of BridgeWater , Sir John Egerton
    • 1637 Apr 03 Milton's Mother Sara wife of John is buried in St Michaels
    • 1640? Milton family home broken up after his 2 year trip to Continent, but Milton returned to Horton several times after trip (where he met Gallileo)
    • 1647 John Milton's father dies
    • 1659 William Rayner born (First Certain Ancestor)
    • 1665 John Milton moves to Chalfont St Giles
    • 1840 Mr. Thomas Woodward Resident of Berkyn Manor before the Cooke Family dies in his 90's
    • 1848 Edward Tyrrell buys Berkyn Manor from the trustees of Mr. John Cooke
    • 1848 Edward (Remembrancer of the City of London) & Frances Tyrrell move to Berkyn Manor from Tunbridge Wells
    • 1848 Edward Tyrrell born 1791/2 from 1851 Census (age 59 in census), Esq., rebuilds Berkyn Manor , Frances (nee Lingham) Tyrrell age 49 in 1851 census (12 servants) Avery is 7 in 1848
    • 1870 Captain Avery Tyrrell (Master of the Worshipful Company of Upholders)
    • 1872 Nov 21 Avery Tyrrell married Annetta Chartry de la Fosse Toker
    • 1879 Jan 17 Annetta Chatry de la Fosse, first wife of Avery Tyrrell dies age 38 (cross in St Michaels)
    • 1880 St Michaels church organ of 1880 cost £305. The pointed tops to the pipes and the stencilled decoration are unusual; they were made at the insistance of Avery Tyrrel of Berkyn Manor who defrayed the cost
    • 1881 05 Jun Edward Tyrrell dies his son Avery (Widower) inherits
    • 1881 Date on rear of Berkyn Manor
    • 1884 Dairy at Berkyn Manor built marked in bricks AV1884 Avery Tyrrell
    • 1885 Jul 14 Avery Tyrrell marries Sarah Edith Davids at Paddington
    • 1886 Stables at Berkyn Manor built Avery Tyrrell (boar's head with peacock feathers coat of arms)
    • 1909 Apr 28 Last Tyrrell Dies (Avery Tyrrell) in Berkyn Manor Left £73,331.3s.2d
    • 1944 Sarah Edith Tyrrell widow of Avery Tyrrell dies Virginia Waters
    • 1945 Apr -- Rayners buy Berkyn Manor from Shore family
    • 1945 Ernest Rayner moves into Berkyn Manor as farmer
    • 1987 Nov 11 Ernest Rayner (former County Councillor) last resident of Berkyn Manor Died age 96

    More info can be found here:

    http://www.jraynerandsonsltd.co.uk
    http://history.rayninfo.co.uk/


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    Thanks for looking.
     
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