Historic Properties: Suburbs (South Birmingham)
Maple Road, Bournville, Birmingham. B30 2AE • (0121) 472 0199
Selly Manor dates back to the 1300s. Court rolls of 1327 first mention it as Bournbrook’s manor house, home to local tax collectors the Jouette family. In 1907, busy establishing his vision of a Bournville village, local chocolate maker and philanthropist, George Cadbury, saved it from demolition, securing its future.
He employed the architect William Alexander Harvey to oversee its dismantling and moving, to Bournville Green, one mile away.
It was originally built by making a strong frame of oak beams fixed together with mortice and tenon joints. These were secured with pegs, and the gaps packed with a mixture of wood, earth, dung and straw, known as wattle and daub, in the frame.
If you would like to explore Bournville further, and see the wide variety of house styles, you can do a circular walking tour, which will take about 30 minutes. More details on the website.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
July and August: 10am-5pm daily; September to June: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday, Closed Saturday to Monday (please check the website for any late changes).
Advance booking is not required.
Located to the south of Birmingham in Bournville on the corner of Maple Road and Sycamore Road.
Bournville railway station: Ten minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
New research has uncovered a fascinating history of the building known as Selly Manor.
Selly Manor, Maple Road, Bournville, Birmingham. B30 2AE • (0121) 472 0199
Last Updated Monday 2 March 2020
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