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Bray, Berkshire

Shoppenhangers, between Braywick and Cox Green, is a very ancient manor dating back to the early 13th century. It was successively owned by the De Shoppenhangers, the Cruchfields and latterly by the Winch family. 

The most recent house appeared very ancient and, although in parts it was, the building was only erected in 1915. It was the home of a Sussex antique dealer who salvaged authentic features from demolished manors - including Foxley Manor at Touchen End -  and put them together in a very pleasing form. It became part of the adjoining Holiday Inn Hotel complex and was used as a conference centre for some years. However, it was allowed to fall into a state of some disrepair and, rather than do the place up, Holiday Inn demolished it in 2007.

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