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A Quick Overview of Manor House
A manor house is a large country house, which was historically the capital residence or messuage within a manor, the basic unit of territorial organisation in the feudal system in Europe, in which dwelled the lord of the manor.
- It formed the administrative centre of a manor and within its great hall were held the lord's manorial courts, communal meals with manorial tenants and great banquets.
- The term is today loosely applied to smaller country houses, frequently dating from the late medieval era, which formerly housed the gentry.
- They were often fortified, but this was frequently intended more for show than for defense.