Bradley is a small medieval manor house set amongst woodland and meadows in the valley of the River Lemon about a half mile to the west of Newton Abbot, Devon, England. The house is now in the ownership of the National Trust, Bradley is one of the smaller and less pretentious manor houses of the early fifteenth century, and has the advantage of having a contemporary chapel detached from the main house. The architect may have influenced by Dartington Hall, some six miles to the south. Interesting features include the gatehouse, the interior of the chapel, the fenestration of the east front. The house is one of the most complete medieval manor houses in Devon, much of it is the creation of Richard and Joan Yarde who owned it from 1402. On the walls of a room is preserved a late medieval pattern of stencilled black fleur-de-lys. The great hall is emblazoned with the arms of Elizabeth I. There was a gatehouse until the mid nineteenth century when it was demolished, the woods surrounding the house have been designated as a SSSI, being a fine example of natural limestone woodland. The chapel was consecrated in 1428 and is just 21 ft and it is a simple building with a stone altar, a fine east window, a tiny gallery and the original wagon-shaped braced-collar roof. It was desecrated in the Protestant Reformation and later used in different periods as a house, a billiard room, a dining room. The roof was restored in 1993, the house contains a collection of Pre-Raphaelite art and Arts and Crafts furniture. Flowing past the house is the Bradley Leat which used to water for the manorial mills which were located where the cattle market in Newton Abbot now stands. Bradley was given to the National Trust in 1938 by Mrs A. H. Woolner, daughter of the Egyptologist Cecil Mallaby Firth and her family still live in the house and manage it on the Trusts behalf. Puritans Pit, nearby on the bank of the River Lemon, was used for nonconformist services in the 17th century. The Great Western Railway built a series of 4-6-0 steam locomotives known as the Manor class, locomotive 7802 was named after Bradley Manor and is preserved on the Severn Valley Railway. The Buildings of England — Devon, Bradley information at the National Trust
The east front of Bradley
A distant view of Bradley showing its location in the wooded valley.