Ince Manor

Ince Manor

Ince Manor or Ince Grange is a former monastic grange in the village of Ince in the Ellesmere Port and Neston district of Cheshire, England (). The remains of the manor house, consisting of the old hall, and the monastery cottages are recognised as a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It one of only two surviving monastic manorial buildings in Cheshire, the other being Saighton Grange Gatehouse.


Ince Manor is one of the earliest recorded properties of St Werburgh's Abbey, Chester and was recorded in the Domesday Book. In 1277 Edward I was entertained at the manor. In 1399 and again 1410 a licence to crenellate was obtained. Following the dissolution of the monasteries the manor remained in church ownership until 1547 when it passed to Sir Richard Cotton and from his son George to Sir Hugh Cholmondeley. It then passed to the Vale Royal branch of the Cholmondeleys until 1724, when it was sold by Charles Cholmondeley to Sir George Wynne of Leeswood. From his heiress, Margaret, the manor passed into the Waring family. The range of domestic buildings dates probably from the late 13th or 14th century and the hall from the early 15th century. The engraving dating from the early 18th century by the topographical draughtsmen and engraver-printsellers Samuel Buck (1696-1779) and Nathaniel Buck (working 1724-1759) (pictured) shows the cottages to be a ruin. Ormerod described the surviving buildings in the 19th century which were standing in grounds of "rather more than an acre" with a stone wall to the south and the remains of a moat on the other sides. The former domestic buildings were in use as a farmhouse and the old hall was being used as a barn.


When the site was visited by the Chester Historic Buildings Preservation Trust in the early 1990s, the hall was protected by a 19th century roof. The domestic buildings had been in use as cottages until the 1960s but were then without roofs. English Heritage advised that it would be proper to restore the buildings and a feasibility study showed that restoration would be possible. The buildings were bought from the owner by Cheshire County Council, who passed them to the Preservation Trust. Restoration began in 2002, with funding mainly from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The buildings are now back in private ownership.


Adjacent to the manor are a pair of vertical stones embedded in the ground with grooves for timber stocks which are listed Grade II.


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