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Warmwell House, Warmwell

Description: Warmwell House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 105959

OS Grid Reference: SY7537585921
OS Grid Coordinates: 375375, 85921
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6724, -2.3498

Location: B3390, Dorchester DT2 8HQ

Locality: Warmwell
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 8HQ

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Listing Text


Warm-well House

Manor House in grounds. Early C17, probably by Sir John Trenchard
soon after 1618. The south east part of the house may include the
remains of an earlier building. The north west wing was much altered
in C18 and C19. Early and mid C19 restoration of the south part of the
house. Coursed limestone rubble walls with ashlar facing to the south
front. Roofs are covered with stone slates and tiles, with gables to
ends of ranges, and Dutch gables to the south east. Square stone
stacks, two on each gable coping, circular stacks stand up on from the
step of the Dutch gables. Plan: unusual trivadial plan, with entrance to
south east between two canted wings, see R.C.H.M. Dorset II, p. 328
for the plan and comparisons. 2½ storeys. S E front has 5 windows,
found: 3 : 2 : 2 : 3; front: 3 : 2 : 4 : 2 : 5, gables: 2 : 3 : 2
(blocked), chamfered stone mullions, transomed on the ground floor.
Moulded plinth and moulded string courses above the windows. Iron
and metal casements with glazing-bars. In the middle is an open recessed
porch entered by an arcade of 2 round arches enriched and partly moulded
springing from a Tuscan central column and attached half columns
at the responds. The arcade is framed by half columns and with a de-
based entablature. Inserted tablet over carved with crest of Richards.
Inner doorway has a four centred head and continuous stop chamfered
jambs and is flanked by shell headed niches. The north east end of the
house is irregular with three straight sided gables at different angles.
The stair-case wing under the middle gable has a doorway with four centred
head and mullioned windows mostly restored. The north west wing has the
external wall to the east patched and heightened in C18 brick. Rendered
stack at the gable end. Two storeys. 3 windows, 2 light with moulded
labels, of early C19, though a reset doorway recessed behind an archway
is C17. Interior: between entrance hall and stair hall is a reset
stone archway, C17, semi circular and enriched with resettes and springing
from enriched imposts; jambs moulded with 3 rolls, probably medieval.
Main stair case, stone with stone balustrading between rectangular piers
supporting columns which carry the upper floor. Dining room has a restored
late C16 oak fireplace with flanking terminal figures and enriched
mantel shelf and ornamental divided into 3 bays by winged terminal figures
two holding shields, centre panel has a small picture. Oak Room:
reset C17 panelling. Fireplace has a restored arched stone head, flanked by
pairs of oak ionic columns. Long gallery has early C17 panelling
with enriched frieze and modern cornice. Doorways with moulded oak frame
Drawing Room remodelled in early C19. (R.C.H.M. Dorset II, p. 327 (2)).

Listing NGR: SY7537585921

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Source: English Heritage

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