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Description: Minterne Magna House
Date Listed: 7 April 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 104895
OS Grid Reference: ST6603204184
OS Grid Coordinates: 366032, 104184
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8362, -2.4837
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ST 60 SE MINTERNE MAGNA MINTERNE MAGNA VILLAGE
8/165 7-4-76 Minterne Magna House
(formerly listed as
Country House, 1904-6 by Leonard Stokes for Lord Digby. Walls of
squared, coursed and dressed rubble and ashlar. Ham Hill stone
throughout. Stone slated roofs with stone copings and variously
positioned ashlar stacks. Free and eclectic use of styles, the
exterior being largely of 'perpendicular' gothic and 'Jacobethan'
derivation whilst the interior is largely baroque and 'Adamesque'
Plan: 2 storey main hall leading from a vestibule with other rooms
leading from spine corridors on both floors. Servants' wings (now
flats) to west and north. Billiard room set at an angle to main
range to the south-west. East tower of 4 storeys. Main range is
largely 2 storeys with attics. South front: symmetrical; 11 bays
plus billiard room wing. 3 canted bays of 2 storeys with 2 stone
gables between; rusticated and pilasters. 2 and 3-light stone,
mullioned and transomed windows; central round headed doorway with
keystone and bulls-eye window over; moulded cornice bearing carvings;
embattled parapet. North front: U-plan with central porch; plain
ashlar and rusticated pilasters. 2 storey hall windows to left of
porch of 3-lights with 'perpendicular' tracery under square heads;
similar first floor window over porch; other windows are stone
mullioned and mullioned and transomed under square heads with labels;
round porch hoods; embattled parapet with cornice below. East facade;
similar mullioned fenestration with 2 storey bow window; tower flanked
by capped, fluted pilasters. Internal features: hall in the baroque
style with a barrel-vaulted roof, coupled Ionic pilasters, a carved
wooden gallery; and an elaborately carved chimney piece in marble with
side-scrolls originally intended for Eaton Hall; tapestry room designed
to house tapestries by Judocus de Vos with reset allegorical ceiling
painting said to be by Thornhill and a reset C18 fireplace with key-
pattern inlay; other rooms with baroque and Adamesque decoration and
reset Cl8 chimneypieces.
Aslet, Clive, "Minterne Magna I and II", in Country Life, Feb 21st, 1980
pp 498-501 and Feb 28th, 1980 pp 574-7. Newman J and Pevsner, N,
Buildings of England: Dorset, Penguin, 1972, pp 295-6, Taylor, N,
Minterne House and Leonard Stokes, manuscript notes.
Listing NGR: ST6603204184
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