The origins of Ditton Manor House are hazy, but a crenelated house was recorded there in 1331. It’s longevity is also borne out by the impressive moat. It is known that the park belonged to the Crown during the Reign of Elizabeth I. The current house is probably the third. It was rebuilt, smaller than its predecessor, in 1812, by the Duchess of Buccleuch, some 50 years after the near destruction by the blaze.
As the house deteriorated, ownership of the lands became disputed and in 1917 it was taken over by the Admiralty Compass Observatory. The Radio Research Station was established in 1935. There then followed concerns about radioactive material buried in the grounds. In 1997 it was sold to the company now known as CA Technologies and is a very popular venue for weddings.
Ditton Park Manor