Manorowen House

Completed Winter 2009

The name itself is historical referring to an ancient Welsh “Maenor”, an early Welsh tenurial holding not to be confused with the Norman Manor.


The next references come in the 16th Century when Ieuan ap Williams, son of William Walter lived at the property.  He farmed extensively and the Williams family occupation lasted until the mid 17th Century. At this early stage the house was situated on the lower side of the main road between the Church and walled garden.


In 1665 the property was built by John Lewis.  He became Mayor of Fishguard on ten occasions and rebuilt a second mansion situated above the road.


Through John Lewis’ daughter, Martha, and her husband, Thomas Parry, the family continued at Manorowen and built the main part of the present mansion house. By 1837 the last of the family, Richard Parry Bowen died and the estate was sold to Dr. Moses Griffith in 1840, for £14,000. He extended the house by six rooms into the “Belgaum” suite, named after an area in India where he had worked.

Manorowen House has a known history dating back to 1326. Over the centuries Manorowen House has undergone a number of transformations and the main part of the house is classical Georgian with well proportioned light rooms, fine plasterwork and a wealth of original period features.


Now in a state of genteel decrepitude, Manorowen House is in the process of an extensive sympathetic restoration.


We are restoring all of the original windows, replacing the mock ashlar render with new lime render (& horse hair), new Canadian slates, rebuilding chimneys with original bricks, overseeing internal renovations and making good.


We have been appointed to prepare detailed survey drawings of the building and grounds, prepare planning and listed building consent drawings, prepare working construction drawings and schedules, plus act as the project managers through the course of the project.

The finished product is testament to the skilled local tradesmen who, under the supervision of Kinver Kreations, have created a stunning combination of old & new.