Manor House 1707

About Us

Welcome to the The Manor House in Sedgefield.

The Manor House is a Grade II* listed building which means that its importance ranks among the top 5.8% of listed buildings in the UK which are of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them.  In Sedgefield the historical importance of The Manor House means that it ranks only behind St. Edmunds Church.  It is listed in The Pevsner guide ‘Buildings of England, County Durham Edition (latest edition 2021).

The Manor House was built in 1707 by Judge Robert Wright (1666 – 1739) of Bloomsbury in London who subsequently became Chief Justice of Carolina in pre-independent America.  His father was Sir Robert Wright, Chief Justice of England who fell foul of William of Orange and the Glorious Revolution and died in Newgate Prison charged with treason.  Robert Wright’s son Sir James Wright, became Royal Governor of Georgia and is interred in the North Transept of Westminster Abbey.

Since the days of Robert Wright The Manor House has had many uses as a residence (until 1907), council offices (1907 – 1974), Magistrates Court (1974 – 1990), offices (1994 – 2014) and now as an offices, meetings and events centre.

Sedgefield is a vibrant County Durham town and The Manor House is in the centre overlooking the village green.  It is operated as a business by Manor House (1707) Ltd.