Sutton Manor House and Farmyard 1947
Described as a small country house circa 17 century, refronted in the 18th century. There are remains of a timber frame rebuilt in brick in the 17th century..
During the 19th century it was known as Church Farm, became Sutton Manor in the early 1900’s
Gore Shard Field, 1873
Western Court Farm from the East 1947
Stone Pineapples Bishop’s Sutton Manor Gate.
Section of 18th Century Wall pier with Pineapple. Bishop’s Sutton Manor
On the piers along the garden wall and the gateway to Bishop's Sutton Manor stand several stone Pineapples. The actual wall is listed grade 2, and dates from the 1700’s.
The pineapples were always said to show that the inhabitants of a house were supporters of Charles 1st and the Royalist cause. This is just a myth and the connection is probably if anything more to do with Charles 2nd as he was said to have been presented with the first pineapple grown in England in 1675 by his gardener John Rose as depicted in a painting of the time - although its doubtful that Rose could have grown one as this doesn’t seem to have been possible until the 1700’s.
The reason for the Pineapples is more likely a sign of status and hospitality. This fruit from the Americas started to arrive in Britain mainly from the 15th century as it was the only fruit that could survive the long sea crossing. It was a very rare and incredibly expensive item fetching up to £4000 each, and to have a pineapple as a centre piece on a table (not to eat just to look at) was the ultimate in social standing. In fact pineapples were rented out and were taken from house to house for parties to show guests how prestigious a host was.