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Description: Ilsington House
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106269
OS Grid Reference: SY7600394364
OS Grid Coordinates: 376003, 94364
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7484, -2.3415
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SY 7594, ILSINGTON
14/81 Ilsington House
Country house in grounds. Late C17-early C18, altered late C18-early C19,
enlarged later in C19. Plastered walls, over original facing brick, ashlar
quoins. Hipped slate roof with bold eaves cornice. Plastered stacks
arranged symmetrically. Double pile plan. 2 storeys over cellar. Slightly
projecting centre bay, with curved pediment. Deeper projecting wings each
end. In centre, late C19 single storey porch has plastered walls and stone
dressings, parapet with moulded cornice. Pair of panelled doors with
fanlight, flanked by Tuscan pilasters. Ground floor has 10 sashes with
glazing bars in moulded surrounds - 3 in each end wing, 2 in sections
between these and porch. First floor has 11 similar sashes. Stone
mullioned windows to cellar. Ornamental cast iron railings to cellar area.
Service range on right (west), probably C19, has plastered walls and hipped
slate roof. At left end, added C19 range contains Billiard Room. Mounting
block by front door. On rear, garden, front, a late C18 or early C19
balcony with double flight of stone steps and Gothic style iron balustrade.
Interior largely remodelled c1800. Main hall extends through 2 storeys. On
ground floor, free standing arcade with square Ionic columns and segmental
arches. Cut string stair, appears C18, with twisted balusters, wreathed
handrail and spandrel brackets. At upper level, raised panelling and simple
moulded cornice. Billiard room added 1871 by Henry Holland, has coved
panelled ceiling, with moulded ribs and fanlight. Contemporary marble
fireplace. Drawing room on first floor, has cornice with acanthus
ornament. Marble fireplace surround has inset oval panels with carved
figures in dark red marble. Room east of this has similar details, but
carving in panels of white marble on dark red ground. Room to west has
similar cornice. Other rooms have enriched and moulded cornices, panelled
doors and marble fireplace surrounds. Stairs in service range with heavy
turned balusters, - possibly from original main stair. On front door, and
some others, interlaced iron reinforcement and bars, reputedly added for
security, after trial of Tolpuddle Martyrs. (RCHM Monument 2 Dorset Vol
Listing NGR: SY7599194365
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Source: English Heritage
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