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Cerne Abbey, Cerne Abbas

Description: Cerne Abbey

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 105383

OS Grid Reference: ST6653001355
OS Grid Coordinates: 366530, 101355
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8108, -2.4764

Location: 17 Abbey Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorset DT2 7JQ

Locality: Cerne Abbas
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 7JQ

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Listing Text


11/58 Cerne Abbey, (formerly
26.1.56 listed as Abbey House).


Private House, on site of, and incorporating parts of late
medieval monastic gatehouse. C15 fragments, (front gate-
arch buttress, side entrance to porter's lodge), remainder
burnt mid C18, and almost entirely rebuilt late C18 onwards.
Knapped flint and banded stone walls, part of C15 chamfered
arch to gateway exposed in south wing (former gateway), C15
buttress with set-offs immediately left of this. Stone slate
roof with gable ends, and 3 gables to front, all with ball-
finials. Stone stacks with moulded cornices, C18, at main
gable-ends, and on ridge, west of centre. Two storeys and
attics, irregular fenestration to south elevation of stone
mullion windows, hollow-chamfered, with separate labels over;
C20 metal casements throughout. The south wing windows: 4-
light, transomed with pointed arches in a square head,
separate label over. First floor: Venetian-type window, with
a transom and Y-tracery to centre lights. Separate label over,
returned. Front door with jambs, imposts and round head in
C17 style, c C19. Door with straps and panels, c C19. Door
(inner), on north wall, with moulded jambs and depressed-arch
head, C16. North-west wing: formerly cow-house, then servant's
quarters, Slate roof. 1½ storeys. 5 windows, 2-light C20
stone mullions, with labels over. C20 metal casements with
lead lights. Plank door at centre. Interior: South wing,
rebate of gateway jamb with 2 iron hinge-pins in situ, part of
depressed-arch head. Small doorway to presumed lodge visible
in west wall, with stone jambs and segmental-pointed head.
East room: stone fireplace with bracketed mouldings, and
square moulded head. Three main stone panels over, the outer
2 with quatrefoils in lozenges, central panel with I.V. monogram
and mitre over, for Abbot John Vanne 1458-70, above this level
a moulded cornice with 8 carved paterae, of conventional form.

(RCHM Dorset I, p79(3))

Listing NGR: ST6655601263

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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