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The Abbey Dairy House, Abbotsbury

Description: The Abbey Dairy House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 105142

OS Grid Reference: SY5771285116
OS Grid Coordinates: 357712, 85116
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6642, -2.5997

Location: Church Street, Abbotsbury, Dorset DT3 4JJ

Locality: Abbotsbury
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT3 4JJ

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There is also a scheduled monument, St Peter's Abbey, 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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Listing Text


10/23 The Abbey Dairy House

Monastic Gatehouse, now private house. Late C14, converted and extended in C17
at rear and extended to north in C19. Ashlar stone walls, with ashlar buttress
at left hand corner, and on end wall. Rubble blocking of C17 to the main 4-
centred gateway. Slate roofs with stone gable-copings to the main range. Renewed
stone stacks at left and right hand gables. Originally a 2 storey building,
converted to 3 storeys. Irregular fenestration, 4 windows wide in total. Former
gateway 'bay', two 3-light wooden casements in the blocking with wooden cills.
Above this: 2-light stone mullion window with trefoil ogee head and label over.
Immediately right of gateway, former pedestrian entrance, now front door. Straight-
chamfered jambs and 4-centred head with relieving-arch over. C20 oak plank door with
3 strap-hinges. 2-light window at top level with trefoil-ogee heads, and label over
'Bay 3', lighting originally porter's lodge, rectangular opening with single glass
pane and C20 grille in front. Above and to right: long rectangular opening with
4-centred head. Rear of original gatehouse, extended to west for 2 bays in C17,
same materials. Upper part of northerly buttress hacked off. Straight joint with
base of buttress. Gable-end of wing has C20 picture-window, C20 2-light casement,
C17 recessed panel with no inscription visible. North gable-end of gatehouse,
extended north in C19, in grey squared rubble-stone. Slate roof. Brick stack at
right hand gable, C19. Full height of original gatehouse. One window, 2-light
wooden casements with keyed stone lintels. Wooden cills. Front door at left hand
ground, plank (oak) with 3 strap-hinges. Interior: ground floor rooms created
C17, with straight-chamfered beams. Inserted C17 stack. Upper room over gate-
passage (original height of gate-passage) with large ceiling-beams having run-out
stops. Porter's Lodge, inserted C17 stack. Recent conversion of the property
reveals rear-arch of gatehouse, two straight-chamfers and a sunk quadrant between
dying into the jambs.
(RCHM, Dorset I, p.7 (3).)

Listing NGR: SY5771685111

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Source: English Heritage

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