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The Old House, Blandford Forum

Description: The Old House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 27 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 102135

OS Grid Reference: ST8868006416
OS Grid Coordinates: 388680, 106416
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8571, -2.1622

Location: 14 The Close, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7HA

Locality: Blandford Forum
Local Authority: North Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT11 7HA

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Listing Text

The Old House
ST 8806 1/8 27.10.50.


This house is something of a curiosity and the fact that it was one of the few
houses to escape the fire of 1731 gives it an additional interest. It was built
about the middle of the C17 by Dr Sagittary - a native of the Palatinate, who
held English medical degrees and practised in Blandford. This origin may explain
its Germanic character. Dr Sagittary died in 1696. L-shaped 2-storey red brick
house with projecting porch wing at front. The roof, the lower part of which
has stone slates, is hipped and steeply pitched. Lead flat to porch wing. The
wide eaves soffit is supported on heavy shaped brackets of oak. Hipped dormers.
The 2 chinmeys are octagonal on square bases and each has 8 circular attached
shafts with moulded brick bases and cappings. The Eastern part of the house
is of rusticated brickwork and there is a moulded brick eaves cornice. Over
the round-headed doorway, which has rusticated brick voussoirs, there are designs
in cut brickwork and a moulded niche. All this work is said to have been done
in situ. Windows are leaded casements with moulded oak frames and mullions,
Those to East part of house having transoms also. There was formerly a contemporary
staircase and other carved woodwork internally, but these were removed to Scot;and,
where they were destroyed by fire.

Listing NGR: ST8868006416

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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