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The Manor is sited op­po­site the Church of St Mary and All Saints, on slightly el­e­vated ground. Both build­ings date from the early 13th cen­tury, con­structed from the honey-coloured stone typ­i­cal of the area. Each re­places an ear­lier Saxon con­struc­tion. For cen­turies, Nass­ing­ton has been recog­nised as a strate­gic lo­ca­tion. The nav­i­ga­ble, me­an­der­ing River Nene pro­vided easy ac­cess to the sea, while Peter­bor­ough, Oun­dle and Stam­ford are each ap­prox­i­mately 10 miles away. Er­mine Street, the an­cient route be­tween Lon­don and York, is less than three miles away. Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence sug­gest a Ro­man farm­stead was prob­a­bly built on the same site. In the Domes­day Book of 1086, Nass­ing­ton was de­scribed as be­long­ing to the King, and val­ued at £30, with 2 hides of land, enough for 16 ploughs. There were 24 vil­lagers, two small­hold­ers, a priest and two mills. In the early 12th cen­tury, King Henry I gave the Manor and some land to the Bishop of Lin­coln for the en­dow­ment of a prebend. This is an es­tate be­long­ing to the church, usu­ally granted to a cleric in high of­fice to pro­vide him with in­come. The cleric would be de­scribed as a prebendary and the es­tate as preben­dal. The Manor would have in­cluded a Great Hall, where lo­cal dis­putes re­lat­ing to the Manor were tried and set­tled in a court of law. In the mid 16th cen­tury, El­iz­a­beth I sold all her land in Nass­ing­ton and nearby Fother­ing­hay. This may have been de­signed to dis­tance her­self from the area and its con­nec­tion with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots. The lat­ter was im­pris­oned and ex­e­cuted at nearby Fother­ing­hay Cas­tle. Apart from a brief pe­riod dur­ing the English Civil War, the Manor re­mained in church own­er­ship un­til 1836. At this time, an Act of Par­lia­ment fi­nally dis­solved the Nass­ing­ton prebend. The Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal Com­mis­sion­ers sold the Manor and its grounds to pri­vate own­ers.

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