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Discover the History of Carew Manor

The history of Carew Manor in Beddington can be discovered by joining one of our guided tours.

Carew Manor exterior Dovecote interior

Carew Manor School from Church Road, and the interior of the Dovecote, showing the circular ladder, or potence.

Originally known as Beddington Place or Beddington Hall, Carew Manor was the home of the Carew family from 1351 until 1859. From 1860 it housed the Female Orphan Asylum, later the Royal Female Orphanage, until the outbreak of the Second World War. Today it is a school for special education. The hammer-beam roof of the magnificent Great Hall dates from around 1500 and is Grade 1 listed. The nearby octagonal brick dovecote was built for Sir Nicholas Carew around 1715, and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The Museum and Heritage Service arranges tours of the Great Hall and Dovecote on certain Sunday afternoons during the year.


19 April

14 June

14 September

18 October.

Tours take place at 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets are £5 and bookable from 020 8770 4781.

If you want to book the hall for a wedding you need to contact Carew Manor School on 020 8647 8349.