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Lyveden New Bield
For the first few years after its acquisition by the National Trust in 2012, the Manor House was leased to private tenants as a family home. During that time, plans were being drawn up to use the building and grounds as a new entry point for visitors to the Lyveden property.
In 2019, work started on the conversion of the building to become the new visitor centre, with a new car park nearby. The whole Lyveden property was closed to visitors in the autumn of 2019, and it was planned that the manor conversion will be completed by late spring/early summer 2020. Perhaps that re-openning will need to be delayed as a consequence of the current (May 2020) Coronavirus pandemic.
The old visitor centre near the cottage was demolished in mid March 2020, and the ground it previously occupied grassed over. It is felt that this will significantly improve the view of the Elizabethan Garden from the area around the New Bield, and the view of the Bield from the garden.