Putting our residents first
Top menu
Search our website: Search

Manor Farm audio guide

Join us for an audio guided tour of Manor Farm, Ruislip. Explore more than 1,000 years of history in eight different locations, indoors and outdoors, for a duration of forty minutes.

Whatever the length of your stay, our audio guide helps you make the most of your visit.

Download:  audio stops map [194KB]

21 audio files to listen to  listen symbol or download  download symbol for free.

Also available to borrow, are a limited number of mp3 players on site.

Plan 80 minutes for the full tour. Or pick a few stops and create your own version. Our yellow stop numbers will help you along the way.


Track 1

Start at the general information panel by the main gate entrance off Ruislip High Street for an overview of the tour.


01 MF Welcome banner

Track 2

Take in some of the wildlife as you walk up the path by the Duck Pond, alongside the Bowling Green, in direction of Manor Farm House.


02 MF Duck Pond

Track 3

Behold Manor Farm House, a beautiful 16th century Tudor building.

Learn about this manorial house's construction and uses.


Track 4

Before entering, explore some of the decorative architectural features of the facade.


03 MF House

Track 5

In the entrance hall, admire the oldest known domestic wallpaper in England to still remain on its original wall. It was designed by Abraham Price at the Blue Paper Warehouse c. 1700.

The company's employees will tell you about how innovative their work was.


04 MF Wallpaper

Track 6

Find out about some of the former occupants of the house in the Low Parlour. Also on display are objects discovered during our 2007-8 restoration.


05 MF occupants

Track 7

For centuries, Court was held at Manor Farm House.

Witness Court in session in 1611, as King's College Cambridge's officials judge a local man.



Track 8

More information about the 1,000 years of recorded history at Manor Farm is provided in a video overview in the Hall.


06 MF video abbey

Track 9

Following the 11th century Norman conquest of England, Manor Farm became the property of the Norman Abbey of Bec.

Hear French monks singing and learn about their activities on site.



Tracks 10 and 11

The land here was farmed up until 1932. Discover our agricultural history with the following two tracks.


07 MF farm

Track 12

Next to the house, the Pram Shed contains a display of old farming tools.

Listen to Frank Walsh's recollections of farming in days past.


08 MF Pram Shed

Track 13

Part of the medieval Ruislip Woods remains North of Manor Farm.

Wander into the Orchard to find out about the importance of this rich natural resource, as recorded in the Domesday Book entry for Ruislip Manor in 1086.



Track 14

Imagine seeing remnants of prehistoric times? The sarsen stones by the Stables are at least 33 million years old!



Track 15

Manor Farm boasts the oldest timber-framed barn in the Greater London area.

Hear about the barn's rearing at the turn of the 13th century and some of its noteworthy features.


09 MF Great Barn

Track 16

Tax in the form of harvests and local produce used to be held within the Great Barn's seven bays.

Here you can learn about the medieval tithe system as used to be practised at Manor Farm and across the kingdom.



Track 17

At the rear of the Great Barn, local craftsmen and women have set up their workshops in the former Cart Sheds.



Track 18

Tudor builders were inspired by the Great Barn's structure when designing the Little Barn next door. Now home to Manor Farm Library, the Little Barn's timber-framed interior offers another example of excellence in craftsmanship, with additional stained glass to admire.


10 MF Library

Track 19

Medieval society was organised differently to ours. The facsimile of the Ruislip Manor entry in the Domesday book, in the library, will help you to find out more about the kind of people who used to live here and what they did.



Track 20

Complete your visit with a privileged view on the top of the medieval Motte. It is thought that the Norman follower, Ernulf de Hesdin, built a wooden castle bailey here.


11 MF Motte

Track 21

For a summary of the tour and suggestions for other outings, listen to our final track. We hope that you enjoy your visit!




Producer/Script Editor/Audio Editor: Pamela Glintenkamp

Narrator 1: Jill Rolls

Narrator 2: Bethan Bate

Character voices:

  • Geoffrey Court
  • Philip Emery
  • Peter Falkner
  • Aimée Pickering
  • David Roberts
  • Martin Twomey

With thanks to the Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society; particularly Eileen Bowlt, President, and Susan Toms, Secretary

LBH Project Manager: Tim Saward, Music and Theatres Manager

LBH Project Coordinator: Claire FitzGerald, Community Activity and Heritage Interpretation Officer



Is there anything wrong with this page?

* What would you like to report?
Broken link
Out of date information
Missing information
Report a problem with a service

* Please provide further details:

This feedback tool is for improving our pages. To report a problem with a service, please email contact@hillingdon.gov.uk

Your feedback could not be sent - please ensure you have completed all fields.

Thank you for your feedback.

Related column
Article utilities:  Bookmark and Share Print Print this page Last updated: 17 Oct 2018 at 13:34