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Description: Church Farmhouse
Date Listed: 11 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 105699
OS Grid Reference: ST5890118505
OS Grid Coordinates: 358901, 118505
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9645, -2.5866
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ST 5818-5918 -
Former Hall-house, with cross-wings, now truncated and a farmhouse.
C15 cross-wing (centre of present house) runs east-west. C17 rebuilding
of west wall and extensions to north and south. C19 extension on south
end. Rubble-stone and ashlar walls. Slate roofs with stone gable-copings.
3 octagonal stone stacks with moulded cappings, on central ridge. Original
cross-wing has a two-stage buttress at the south-east angle. Two storeys
and attics. Irregular fenestration. The east and south walls of the
ground floor each have a 2-light mullion window with a label, iron casements
and fixed lead lights. First floor, the east end has a late C17 window with
architrave, consoles, cornice and pediment. In the north wall at the same
level, C15 doorway with moulded jambs and 2-centred head, rere-arch towards
the outer face of the wall. This doorway probably opened into the upper
storey of the former porch. The west end of the cross-wing has C17 mullion
windows, from ground to attic of, four lights, three lights, two lights,
four centred and with labels. The C17 north wing, on site of former hall,
north wall has 3 two-light mullion windows. The west wall has a doorway
with 4-centred head and square lable, above it a window of two 4-centred
lights with a label. The east wall has doorway with a segmental arch in
a square head. Above this is a 2-light transomed window. The C17 kitchen-
wing has a 3-light C19 window on the west wall. First floor window on
south wall, reset C15 window of 2 cinquefoiled lights with tracery in a
two-centred head with a label and head-stops. Doorway in the west wall
has a four-centred head and label over. All doors are plank and studded,
C19. Extension of the house to south, rubble-stone walls and hipped slate
roof, wooden door, late C19, or early C20. Interior: north wall of cross-
wing has 3 C15 doorways opening into former screens, hollow-chamfered jambs
and pointed arches. Western has a C15 door with ribs forming 4 trefoil-
headed panels with tracery. Dining room has early C16 compartmented
ceiling with moulded beams. Late C16 fireplace with moulded jambs and
segmental head. Drawing room has late C16 plaster ceiling of two bays
with moulded ribs forming geometrical designs, and floral or foliage
designs as terminals, the plastered central beam has running vine ornament.
Series of panels on the soffit with lions, roses, fleur-de-lis, butterfly
(for Girdlington), dolphin (for Fitzjames), rose (for Young) and stork
(for Storke). Late C16 fireplace as in dining-room. Room over Dining-
room has early C16 ceiling-beams. Room over Drawing room has a C15 oak
door with ribs forming 3 panels. Room over Kitchen has C17 fireplace.
South window has a stained glass achievement-of-arms of Young, dated 1615.
(RCHM, Dorset I, p 257(5)).
Listing NGR: ST5890418506
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Source: English Heritage
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