Great Chalfield Manor, Wiltshire
near Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 8NH
Thomas Tropenell, a lawyer and businessman, acquired the manor of Great Chalfield in 1454, and built Great Chalfield Manor around ten years later, he already owned other estates. Tropenell died in 1488 leaving, as was, and occasionally still is, the sexist and 'first-born male' way, the whole of his property to his son Christopher Tropenell, except for "one white bed" bequeathed to his daughter Mary. The gardens, orchards and water features at Great Chalfield were designed on Arts and Crafts principles from 1907 to 1911 to complement the restoration of the Manor for Robert Fuller, who donated Great Chalfield to the National Trust. Great Chalfield offers bed and breakfast accommodation, events, and a pleasant one mile walk to another National Trust property, The Courts Garden. Great Chalfield Manor has often been used as film and TV locations, including in the TV series Wolf Hall, and Poldark.