The bailiff of the abbey of Séez in Normandy once lived at Bailiffscourt, explaining the presence of a small 13thc. chapel on the site. The present house and outbuildings were erected by Lord Moyne in 1935, to a design by Aymas Phillips. The main house has a courtyard plan on an intimate scale, and is built in a late medieval style, incorporating many imported medieval features. The doorway of the thatched guest-house nearby incorporates several carved 12thc. stones, reportedly retrieved from the walls of a Georgian farmhouse on the Bailiffscourt site. The implication is that the stones had been reused in the walls of that building.
Aslet states that the doorway to the guesthouse was 'reconstructed from fragments found in the walls of the demolished farmhouse'. The farmhouse was Georgian.
This doorway has a continuous single order decorated with lateral chevron on face and soffit, and a chevron edge roll. Eight of the stones are in a pale stone, while the others match the warm shelly limestone of the 1930s building. The pale stones are almost certainly of 12thc. date, and many of them display signs of fire damage. The soffit of one stone is carved with a double-headed consecration cross.
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