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Buildings of Note

Little Hay Manor House

The house on this site today is a 19th. century building but the occupation of this site is ancient. Little Hay is believed to be the smallest of the three manors recorded in the Domesday survey of Colton which means that it was occupied in Saxon times. The name means 'the small enclosure'. In 1322 it passed to Richard de Blithfield and by his daughter's marriage it passed to the distinguished Bagot family of neighbouring Bagots Bromley and Blithfield. It remained in this family's ownership until the early 20th. century. 

The picture below shows the Elizabethan house that was on the site before its demolition to make way for the present house. It was sketched by a villager. The chimney of this earlier house is still standing in the garden of the present one.

Picture of Little Hay Manor House

The Bagot family held many noble positions throughout the generations and wielded great influence at various times in Staffordshire. They owned a considerable amount of land in Colton and had a great deal to do with the affairs of the village. The Manor Court for the village was held at Little Hay. The heir to the Bagot estates always resided at Blithfield and Little Hay was occupied mainly by tenant farmers.

Picture of remains of Little Hay Manor House

All that is now left of the Earlier Manor House.

Little Hay passed into different ownership and is still run as a working farm.

 

More Buildings of Note

  Bellamour Hall
Home to the Lords of the Manor from the late 17th -20th.Centuries. (click here)
  Bellamour Lodge
A 19th century grace & favour house! (click here)
  The Old Rectory
Built in the 19th. Century for the Rector to keep dry!. (click here)
  St. Mary's Church
Late 12th. Century-the oldest building in Colton. (click here)
  Boughey Hall Farm
A farm with a long, long history. (click here)
  Colton Hall
Home to our most famous historical inhabitant-Lord Walter Aston. (click here)
  The Malt House
One of the oldest houses still being used as a home. (click here)
  Little Hay Manor
The smaller Manor in Colton belonging to the Bagot Family. (click here)
  Colton House
The smaller Manor in Colton belonging to the Bagot Family. (click here)