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Description: Clifton House
Date Listed: 11 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 105583
OS Grid Reference: ST5762813910
OS Grid Coordinates: 357628, 113910
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9231, -2.6042
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8/43 Clifton House
Manor House in grounds. Mid C16, probably by Sir John Horsey. Mainly
demolished in 1786 when various parts sold and re-erected in Dorset and
Somerset, a main front re-erected at Montacute. Early C17 lodge removed
in 1800 to Hinton St George. House re-conditioned in 1906-7, when additions
made on the north and east sides. Present house probably the east wing of
the original building. Hamstone ashlar walls with half-octagonal buttresses
(south front), plinths mouldings, strings and pierced stone parapet with
quatrefoils. Plain clay-tile roofs with stone gable-copings, and moulded
finials. Two ashlar stone stacks on west ridge. C20 stone stacks in south
valley, and eitherside of east gable. South front: 3½ storeys. 2 uneven
bays, of C16 with later windows. Ground floor has 2- and 4-light stone
mullions with C20 metal casements and lead lights. First floor: sashes
with thick glazing-bars and moulded stone architraves, sashes are coupled in
the east-bay. 3- and 2-light windows in the gable over parapet, the west with
a label. Gabled stone porch with finial and depressed-arch head, early C20.
Door incorporates some late C16 woodwork. West front, 3½ storeys. 4 windows
and also central doorway and oriel in gable. Sashes with thick, glazing-bars
having moulded stone jambs and dropped keys, late C18 remodelling. Canted
oriel in the central gable, of 3 transomed lights to front, and one on each
return. Below the sill is a band of sub-cusped quatrefoiled panels enclosing
horse's heads (Horsey) and Tudor roses. Doorway at centre, has stone pedestals.
Roman Doric pilasters and entablature with segmental stone pediment. Small
2-lead door and sash window over. East front of the house, early C20 additions
to core. 2½ storeys, gabled at left and right ends. 4 windows, of 2- 3- and
4-lights, stone mullioned. C20 metal casements with lead lights. Terrace at
centre between the gables. Front doorway at left ground, C20, moulded stone
jambs and depressed arch in square head. Plank-and-muntin door, C20. Single
storey service range at north-east corner of house. Interior: east wall of
Hall, 2 C16 doorways with moulded jambs and depressed arches with shields of
Horsey, Turgis, Horsey and Maubank in spandrels. Reset C16 fireplace in C20
dining room. Staircase, late C16, has symmetrically turned balusters, square
newels with pendants and grip hand-rails. Second floor room has C18 bolection-
moulded oak panelling.
(RCH3i Dorset I, p.98(1))
Listing NGR: ST5762813910
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