Sitting on their corner plot in the lovely village of Bournville, looking for all the world as if they had been there for centuries but you'd be wrong in thinking so as all is not as it seems.
Selly Manor dates back to Mediaeval times and once stood in nearby Selly Oak. It was moved piece by piece to its present position by George Cadbury, chocolate maker and founder of Bournville.
Known as Smyths Tenement it was a successful and prosperous house until c.1695 when change of ownership brought about a gradual decline in its status. By the 19th century it was divided into three dwellings and called The Rookery but later that century it was empty and unused when George Cadbury decided he wanted it in his new village.
Inside on the ground floor are a parlour, a dining hall and a kitchen. These rooms are full of furniture and objects collected by Laurence Cadbury in the early years of the 20th century.
On the next floor is a bedchamber and a solar room and above them a garret which would have been servants quarters. In the garret are helmets and armour from the museum's collections some of which you can try on.
In the solar was a rack of Tudor style costumes, lace collars, ruffs and hats all could be worn and tried for size. They were all beautifully made in sumptuous fabrics and colours.
Minworth Greaves is a cruck framed building thought to be around 750 years old. It was moved from near Sutton Coldfield by Laurence Cadbury in 1932 and rebuit near Selly Manor. .
The person on duty said that it had originally been moved so that parts of it could be used in the Manor but it was decided it was such a wonderful building it should be rebuilt in its own place nearby.
Inside it houses the ticket office, reception and shop
The outside sits beautifully in the wonderful garden created around the two buildings.
A few more photos below
The Knot garden. All the plants in the garden are what would have been grown in Tudor times. Like herbs both culinary and medicinal, fruit and vegetables all for household use.
Another entrance to the house.
I love this side of the house with its different roof levels and chimneys.
Wild flowers at the side of Minworth Greaves.
I hope you have enjoyed visiting these two wonderful buildings. After our visit here we followed a little section of the Bournville Heritage Trail.