The wonderful village of Hartford is an area with great historical interest, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as one Manor and 34 households this village had an estimated population of about 140 people.
In 1964 a hoard of silver groats and archeological artifacts were discovered in Hartford, which can now be found in the British Museum. According to the Hartford Conservation Group - these were from the era of Edward IV, Henry VI, Richard III, and Henry VII, and double petards of Charles the Bold, deposited circa 1505, from Hartford, Huntingdonshire.
The Norris Museum in St.Ives is also home to a whole host of artifacts discovered in Hartford. Including many flake tools made from flint dating back to the Paleolithic, Iron age, and Bronze age eras.
Above Image: Hartford Heritage Trail - Hartford Conservation Group webpage.
There are 8 listed buildings in the village along the Hartford heritage trail. All detailed by the Hartford Conservation Group as seen in the above image. This board can be found on the walls of the Barley Mow in the center of Hartford.
Above Image: Barley Mow, Hartford - showcasing the Hartford Heritage Trail board.
One of these charming listed buildings is the Old Manor Farmhouse. This exceptional Grade II listed property is thought to date back to the late 17th Century when it was home to the Steward of the Manor. Stewards were incredibly important as they were responsible for the management of the estate, so in this case responsible for The Manor House and estate.
Below shows a map of Hartford from 1926 and an Image of the Old Manor Farmhouse dating back to 1976.
The image above shows how the property looked in 1918. The Old Manor Farmhouse was originally a three-story building with a gabled roof and a front-facing dormer window.
The image above shows the property in 1999, much like how it looks today in 2021.
After falling into disrepair in the early 20th century it was sympathetically remodeled to two stories with a hipped roof and the external rear and side walls were rendered. As you can see in the image below this property is still to this day an outstanding piece of architecture.
Above Image: The Old Manor Farmhouse, 2021.
The brick chimney stack was retained along with the three original inglenook fireplaces inside the property. These impressive fireplaces can be found in the formal dining room, lounge, and master bedroom, as seen in the images below.
Image Above: Dining room
Image Above: Lounge Image Above: Master bedroom
The property still holds multitudes of character throughout, featuring exposed beams and exposed brickwork. The rear garden has also retained its historical features, including its very own well and exposed beam dairy.
Image Above: The impressive well Image Above: The Dairy
It is clear that the owners have lovingly maintained the charm and historical characteristics of this exquisite property. Every room has been meticulously decorated to the highest of standards. The spacious property has 4 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, and a vast attic that offers huge potential for future conversion to further bedrooms subject to building regulations and English Heritage. The generously sized, beautifully designed rear garden offers an extensive patio area and terraced veranda.
At the bottom of the garden, you will also find a separate home office/studio with electricity connections, internet, and lighting. A drive at the front of the property offers parking for two cars leading into a single garage.
To see more of this property, we have created a detailed video tour showcasing this superb residence. (click here)
The Old Manor Farmhouse is currently on the market with Villager Homes, if you’re interested please get in touch.
Published by Elena Ensor
Marketing Executive, Villager Homes.