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Description: Higher Melcombe House with Attached Chapel
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 104883
OS Grid Reference: ST7494402412
OS Grid Coordinates: 374944, 102412
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8207, -2.3571
There is also a scheduled monument, Melcombe Horsey deserted village, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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ST 70 SE MELCOMBE HORSEY HIGHER MELCOMBE
9/153 26-1-56 Higher Melcombe House
with attached chapel
(formerly listed as
Melcombe Horsey House)
Country House with attached chapel, possibly C15 origin with C16, C17,
C18, and C19 additions and alterations. Chapel C17. C16 work for
Sir John Horsey. Chapel for Sir Thomas Freke. Walls of banded flint
and ashlar and render, roofs of slate with stone slate verges and
gable ends. Various stacks. L-plan, chapel forming northern arm.
2 storeys. Varied fenestration, partially C17 square-headed, stone
mullioned windows with returned labels.and C19 sashes and casements
including an eastern canted bay. To the south the chapel has 2 windows
each consisting of 3 lancets under 2-centred heads with returned labels.
Between is a doorway with a chamfered, segmental-pointed head, continuous
jambs and a stopped label. North chapel windows much altered but basic
form is of 2-light 'perpendicular' tracery windows under 2-centred
heads with returned labels. C17 stone bell-cote. Internal features
(RCHM): Chapel has wagon roof of 8 bays with moulded ribs with foliate
bosses and painted emblems,(it was originally plastered); early Cl8
staircase with cut strings, twisted balusters and moulded handrails;
walls with bolection-moulded panelling dadoes; cellar with possible
C15 doorway; drawing room fireplace with chamfered elliptical head
and continuous jambs; various C17 fireplaces; chamber over drawing
room has elaborate early C17 panelling and chimney piece together with
a rich plaster ceiling of the early Cl7 with ribs and plants in relief;
another chamber has a simpler plaster ceiling; C15 and C17 panelling.
RCHM, Dorset, vol III, pp 168-170, no 3. Newman J and Pevsner N,
The Buildings of England; Dorset, Penguin, 1972, p 281-2.
Listing NGR: ST7493902407
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Source: English Heritage
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