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Description: The Turret
Date Listed: 2 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 105868
OS Grid Reference: ST5760405965
OS Grid Coordinates: 357604, 105965
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8516, -2.6036
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ST 50 NE MELBURY HOUSE
2/120 The Turret
Garden-House free-standing. c.C16, with C18 additions in Gothick style.
Coursed rubble-stone with ashlar dressings. Hexagonal building, with
plinth-mould, moulded string and embattled parapet with crocketed pinnacles
at the angles. The entrance, on the south face, has a depressed-ogee moulded
arch, springing from slender clustered jamb-shafts with crocketed terminals.
Over it is a traceried panel in two heights. Interior: of one stage, has
a semi-circular niche opposite the entrance, with round head under an ogee
label. The hexagonal ceiling is ogee-shaped with moulded angle-ribs, and
is painted with shields of arms. On his 1762 visit to Melbury, Horace Walpole
mentions the new decoration of shields of arms inside. The building is
hexagonal, not octagonal.
(RCHM. Dorset I, p.167(2))
Listing NGR: ST5763405986
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Source: English Heritage
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