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Great Tew Manor House

Great Tew Manor House

The Terrible Tanfields at Great Tew

3 March 2021 (Updated 8 September 2021)

The terrible Lord and Lady Tanfield were 17th-century aristocrats who were despised for their cruelty towards their tenants and the local population in general.

They are most closely associated with Burford, but are also remembered unfavourably in Great Tew where Lord Tanfield once lived at the manor house.

According to a local gravedigger who was interviewed by Ethel Williams in the 1930s, if you wait at a certain great elm in the park at Great Tew at midnight you will witness Lord Tanfield's ghost driving a coach and horses.


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