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Description: Waterston Manor
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106274
OS Grid Reference: SY7352995207
OS Grid Coordinates: 373529, 95207
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7559, -2.3766
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SY 79 NW LOWER WATERSTON
4/86 Waterston Manor
Country house. Early C17 origin, largely rebuilt after fire, 1863, altered
c1911. Walls, part ashlar with some flint banding part brick, part
roughcast. Tiled roof, with some fish-scale tiling, stone eaves courses and
coped gables. Brick stacks set along ridge, with arched recessed panelled
sides. Part 2 storeys, part 2 storeys and attic. C17 south front has brick
walls with burnt header patterning - upper part roughcast. Parapet to
roof. 2 storeys and attic. Projecting central bay has, on ground floor, a
flint and stone porch. Moulded round-arched doorway with keystone, flanked
by Tuscan pilasters supporting entablature. Above the porch, the bay
semi-circular on plan, of brick and stone chequer-work. On first floor a
stone mullioned window with nail-head ornament and lead lights. Balustraded
parapet over. Each side of the bay, on ground floor, a stone mullioned and
transomed window with lead lights. Raised brick quoins with moulded caps,
suggesting pilasters. 2 similar windows on first floor with moulded heads
and short pilasters carried on brackets. Detached moulded pediments over
these windows. In attic, 3 gabled dormers with stone mullioned windows with
lead lights, the centre one round-headed. Gables capped by pinnacles.
Between gables, large scalloped drainage openings in parapet. At each end
of this facade a short length of wall contains a moulded round arched
doorway, - according to RCHM re-used from house after the fire. East front
largely C19, but retains in centre an ashlar faced gabled projection with an
early Renaissance "frontispiece", dated 1586 and apparently brought from
elsewhere. This, 3 storeys high, extending into the attic gable. In the
top stage a round arched niche, with statue, flanked by Corinthian columns
supporting entablature. Above this a circular window with pediment above,
supported by rampant lions flanking the window. Below this stage, a 3-light
stone mullioned window, the mullions being Ionic columns. This flanked by 2
round arched niches, with statues at slightly lower level, flanked by Ionic
columns supporting entablature. The lowest stage has a moulded round arched
doorway with niches each side, flanked by Tuscan columns supporting
entablature with intermediate brackets each side of the doorway. At the
base of the attic gable, stone chimneys in the form of Tuscan columns.
Interior nearly all C19 or early C20, but the oak stair, with heavy turned
balusters, may contain some C17 work. One C17 stone fireplace surround on
ground floor. (RCHM Monument 3 Dorset Vol III)
Listing NGR: SY7352995207
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Source: English Heritage
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