Unlike other towns, Beaconsfield does not have a Manor House. Farmers originally paid their rents at the manor courts of Huntercombe and Burnham Abbey who shared the manorial rights. However, several farms did develop into agricultural estates where the owners took on some of the rights and responsibilities of the lord of the manor, whilst still paying rents to the Huntercombe family or to the Abbess of Burnham. Having gradually acquired more farms and land which they rented out, they then completed their estate by building a large comfortable house for their family. Hall Barn, Wilton Park, Gregories and, more recently, Butler's Court thus became the great houses of Beaconsfield.