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Description: The Manor House and Attached Walls North and South
Date Listed: 11 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 105657
OS Grid Reference: ST6951817649
OS Grid Coordinates: 369518, 117649
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9575, -2.4354
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ST 61 NE -
The Manor House and attached
6/115 walls north and south
Manor House in grounds. C15 core consists of Hall with porch and oriel,
(partly rebuilt in C16), north parlour and south cross-wing. C16 infill
and rebuildings between porch and oriel. Late C16 extension of the south
range to the west, and short wings to south to balance eastern range.
Late C16 additions at north-west, off the parlour. C19 porch, screens-passage
and interior alterations. C20 alterations. Rubble-stone walls with ashlar
dressings. Stone-slate roofs with stone gable-copings. Stone stacks with
cornices, on south-east gable and ridge, oriel gable, and on south wings.
Brick stacks on parlour gable, on ridge of south range, towards west end.
East elevation: two storeys. 5 windows, including the oriel. South-east
gable-end to lane has a weathered buttress and canted oriel over, two
trefoil-cusped lights to front, on to each cant. Plain shields in cusped
panels below the cill, moulded corbelling. Gabled porch has an outer
archway with 4-centred head and label over. 4-light hollow-chamfered
mullion window, with returned label over. Joining bay has a C20 door, and
2-light window over. Square and gabled oriel bay, has a 4-light hollow-
chamfered mullion window, to ground and first floors. Both with separate
labels over. Parlour has a 6-light mullion window, and a 4-light window
over. Ground floor window with a label. Iron casements with lead lights.
North gable end has a stack embrasure with weatherings. Single-light
windows to ground and first floor. South elevation: two storeys with attics.
7 windows, 3-light and four-light hollow-chamfered stone mullions, with
separate labels over. Doorways are of stone with chamfered jambs and 4-
centred heads. Kitchen south doorway has an oak surround with a triangular
head, c C17. The north-west front of the south range has 3 C17 2-light
windows with oak frames, and four transomed windows to the first floor.
Interior: Roll, C16 fireplace. South of this a doorway with the initials
W.H. on the spandrels (William Hannam d. 1576). North of the fireplace,
four-dentred archway to the oriel with panelled reveals, and soffit.
Oriel's ceiling has moulded crcss-beams and wall-plates. Roof of hall,
4 bays with 5 tie-beam trusses having moulded ties, arch-braces and purlins,
plain principals and collars, and hollow-chamfered upright and raking struts.
Between the purlins, cusped wind-braces are set diagonally to form quatrefoil
panels and two-centred arches between the upper purlins. Parlour has early
C17 panelling with cornice and panelled door. Late C17 staircase west of
this has turned balusters, closestrings and square panelled newels with
ball finials and pendants. Drawing Room in south range has C15 wagon roof,
compartmented and bossed at the intersections. Wall-plates are corbelled
out. flagon roof to chamber over oriel. C17 fireplaces. (RCHM, Dorset III,
Listing NGR: ST6951817649
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