Until the development of Chells Manor Village, the timber framed manor, the adjacent farm and some cottages in Chells Lane remained distinctly rural in character. Chells Manor House is a grade II listed building which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was built in either the late 14th or early 15th century for the Wake family, and was originally joined with the Manor of Box.
When Chells Manor was being built in 1986, workers stumbled across a hoard of ancient Roman coins, many of which were minted in Rome itself but also in France, Turkey and other parts of the Roman Empire. It was thought that wealthy families had buried the coins because in Roman times it was the safest way to store your money.