A trip to GT Manor with the Reading crew

Author Muddy Funkster - Last updated: 30.08.2012

3.55am alarm call for our trip from Reading out to GT so we could be inside before people were up and about. Well worth the early start as this place is dripping with history. Apologies as I’m preaching to the converted with many of you. This is the part of the Wiki entry:

GT was settled in the Anglo-Saxon era. Ælfric of Abingdon held the manor of GT by 990 and became Archbishop of Canterbury in 995. Ælfric died in 1005, leaving Great Tew to Saint Alban’s Abbey. In 1049–52 the abbey leased Great Tew. William the Conqueror granted the manor to his step-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, and it was recorded amongst Odo’s estates in the Domesday Book in 1086.

Since those very early beginnings the manor passed down through numerous owners falling into disrepair in the early 1900′s. This fantastic building is now owned by the Johnston Family and they are in the process of continuing the restoration and upkeep of the house and village. If you do visit this building do so very quietly and respectfully as the owners live in a wing attached to the main building. I did wonder if they had any idea that people are slipping quietly into the property early in the morning.

The reception room is incredible with a set of these awesome windows.
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On one of the upper floors is this corridor that leads to a blue room with walls that look like ceramic pottery.
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The kitchen on the lower floor is ancient, with flag stone floors and smoke marks on the ceiling.
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The great hall. Pretty damn epic room this one.
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A view out the window in the grand hall.
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Loved it, it’s a fantastic building. One that was even better in retrospect. I want to go back now. Could post more but I’ll let MDE and DNZ add their own take on it. Cheers guys for another great trip.

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