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The Abbot's Porch, Cerne Abbas

Description: The Abbot's Porch

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 105385

OS Grid Reference: ST6653801409
OS Grid Coordinates: 366538, 101409
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8113, -2.4763

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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There is also a scheduled monument, Cerne Abbey, site of, including gatehouse, guesthouse and wine house (barn), 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


11/60 The Abbot's Porch
26.1.56 (formely listed as
Gatehouse at Cerne


Porch to former abbots hall, built under Abbot Thomas Sam
(1497-1509). Ashlar stone walls, with dressed stone masonry
on south face, and brick facing on upper part of east face.
Slate roof. Three storeys, with moulded plinth, diagonal
buttresses with set-offs, and a rebuilt embattled parapet.
Outer entrance has heavily moulded jambs, a 3-centre arch
with a label and beast-stops. Above this is a 2-storeyed
canted oriel supported on moulded corbelling. 3-lights to
front face, one on each return. Cinquefoiled ogee lights
with mouchettes, rebuilt at the front. Standards at corners
supported an angels. Below this a range 2, 4 and 2 shields-
of-arms set in quatrefoils, and similarly between first and
second floor windows. (For the heraldry, see RCHM). The
second floor windows have cinquefoil lights in 4-centred
heads, with bowtells to the mullions. Porch passage has a
damaged fan-vaulted roof with cones springing from moulded
corbels. Much of the box-work destroyed. North cone very
damp. Attached Porter's Lodging, of 2 storeys with a pent
roof. Ground floor is entered by a doorway from the stair-
turret on the east. West wall has a fireplace, and a window
of one light.

(RCHM Dorset I, p77(2)) -

Listing NGR: ST6653701412

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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