From earliest recorded times the Manor was a focal point for our ancestors. Manorial records which may exist from the time before parish registers begin, may provide clues to our family history, in terms of who our ancestors worked for, what lands they held, what crimes they may have committed, and more. Although its function became replaced by a more central, and less parochial administration, the Manor Houses themselves still survive in many villages. Sometimes they have become farms, or else in other circumstances, Business Parks (for example Staunton, nr. Newent), or else they are still owned by the same family, and are open as "Stately Homes". Owlpen Manor is an example of the latter. There's a good photograph of the Manor House on Owlpen Manor Estate home page - it was, and still is the home of the MANDER family, and their web site also contains some notes on their family history. The surname MANDER(S) is also the subject of a One-Name Study, although this particular branch are possibly more famous for the manufacture of paint!