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Description: Catherston Manor Farmhouse
Date Listed: 10 January 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 104692
OS Grid Reference: SY3701394437
OS Grid Coordinates: 337013, 94437
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7461, -2.8941
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SY 39 SE CATHERSTON LEWESTON
5/7 Catherston Manor House
Country House in grounds, now divided into separate properties. Dated JBSB
1887 on south porch gable. Late C16 Tower porch of former manor house
survives at east end of south front. Architect not known. Lias stone
ashlar walls. Slate roof with gable ends and 4 gables to south front.
2 stacks visible from south, stone with moulded cornices. Plan: long south
front with 2 rear wings. South elevation: 2½ storeys, 8 bays. Bays 2, 4,
6 and 7 project. Windows: stone mullions of various lights, hollow
chamfered with high transoms. Returned labels over. Mainly straight heads,
though attic windows have 4-centred heads. Bay 2: canted bay to ground
floor with openwork parapet. Bay 4: 2 storey porch. Front doorway with
4-centred head and moulded stone jambs. 2 leaf wooden door with blind panel
tracery. Square oriel window over with blind panelling, 4 light mullion-
and-transom window with 4-centred heads. Openwork parapet over. Porch has
clasping octagonal buttresses with moulded stage-divisions. Bay 6: square
ground floor bay window with openwork parapet. Bay 7: 2 small canted oriels
with mullions and stone capping. Bay 8: mid-late C16 tower in grey ashlar
limestone. Tall entrance with moulded jambs and elliptical arch. String-
course breaks over. Square blind panel, rope moulded. 3 light Ham stone
window with 4-centred heads over. Gabled to south with 2 finials at
kneelers. This porch was taken down and re-erected on present site in
Overall, the house has an openwork quatrefoil parapet with barley-sugar
finials at all the kneelers. 3 griffins hold shields at apex and kneelers
of porch gable.
Interior: Early C18 staircase with square newels, turned balusters and
close strings. Late C19 stone fireplace in hall.
The house is in the style of the early C16 prodigy houses of Dorset/
Somerset, (eg Clifton Maybank). "RCHM, Dorset I", p 70 (1).
Listing NGR: SY3701394437
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Source: English Heritage
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