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Description: Whatcombe House
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103597
OS Grid Reference: ST8373501295
OS Grid Coordinates: 383735, 101295
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8110, -2.2322
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ST 80 SW WHATCOMBE
3/181 Whatcombe House
Country house, 1750 with alterations and extensions of 1802. For Edward
Morton Pleydell. Rendered walls with ashlar dressings and lead roofs concealed
behind parapets. Symmetrical 3 storeys, 7 bays. The central bay is defined
by a giant order of coupled Ionic pilasters. 12-pane sashes to the first two
floors and 6-pane sashes to the upper storey. The doorway is in the form of a
Palladian motif with the lunette over the doorway bearing a shield of arms.
The double door is part-glazed. The central second bay has a Palladian window
with acanthus capitals. Above is a heavy dentilled cornice. Above the third
storey is a further cornice surmounted by a parapet with blind panels.
Internal features: entrance hall has an C18 rococo plaster ceiling with modillion
cornice and C19 doorcases with reeded architraves; the drawing room has an C18
rococo plaster ceiling, a matching fireplace surround and doorways with enriched,
moulded, lugged architraves; C18 stone staircase with moulded handrail supported
on wrought-iron balusters with foliate and scroll enrichment; various C19 fire-
places and plasterwork.
(RCHM, Dorset, vol.III, p.311, no.3. Newman, J and Pevsner, N., The Buildings
of England: Dorset, 1972, p.488-9).
Listing NGR: ST8373501295
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Source: English Heritage
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