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Description: Stafford House, Including Attached Garden Walls on North and East
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106396
OS Grid Reference: SY7243790017
OS Grid Coordinates: 372437, 90017
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7091, -2.3917
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SY 7289 STAFFORD HOUSE
16/207 ) Stafford
26.1.56 attached garden
walls on north and
Country house, the former manor house of vanished village of Frome Billet.
Original wing C16, enlarged in 1633 to form E-plan. Enlarged with parallel
range and entrance moved from east front to west, c1848, architect Benjamin
Ferrey. Rough ashlar stone walls, stone slate roofs with moulded coped
gables and kneelers. Ashlar stacks with moulded caps, some rising from
gable tops. 2 storeys and attics. East front has projecting gabled wings
each end. Chamfered plinth, and string course at first floor level. The
left gable, part of the C16 block, has 2 C2U stone mullioned windows on
ground floor. First floor and attic each have 2 single light windows with
arched lights and cast iron glazing, under hoodmoulds. Right gable has on
ground floor, a 3-light stone mullioned window with arched lights and cast
iron glazing - hoodmould incorporated in string course. Similar 3-light
window on first floor, and 2-light in attic. At right end an externally
projecting stack. In centre of range, a 2-storeyed gabled porch. Moulded
round arched doorway with keystone, and imposts with moulded caps. Date
1633 on keystone. Inner doorway with depressed 4-centred arch and part
glazed 'Gothick' door. Each side of porch, 2 similar 3-light windows on
each floor. In attic, on each side, a similar 2-light window in gabled
dormer. West (entrance) front, c1845, in similar style, has shallow
projecting gabled wings each end. In centre, ground floor has 4 round
arches - the centre 2 open, the outer 2 blocked, with shell headed niches.
Moulded panelled entrance door in centre section. On first floor, two
4-light windows as in original front. Coat of Arms between these. In left
gable a 2-storeyed bay window, with similar mullioned windows on each
floor. In right gable, no bay, but similar windows, 4-light on ground
floor, 3-light on first floor. At right end, set back, the gable end of the
C16 block, with similar windows on each floor. At left end of main range an
attached garden wall of rubble stone, with arched opening. At its left end
this extends forward, with square angle and terminal piers with moulded caps
and ball finials. At the rear, at left end, an attached garden wall with
4-centred arched opening. Internally, the C16 block has a stone spiral
stair, with 'Gothick' style wrought iron balustrade at first floor. Deep
chamfered ceiling beams in kitchen. Blocked 4-centred arched fireplace on
first floor. In C17 range, entrance hall and adjoining room (the original
hall) have cornices and other details in 'Gothick' style, late C18 or early
C19. In C19 range in entrance hall, closed string stair, and doorcases in
Jacobean style. Intersecting ceiling beams with jewel ornament and
pendants. Jacobean style book cases in library. Interesting C19 adaptation
of an earlier single pile house. (RCHM Monument 5. Dorset Vol II.
Hutchins. History of Dorset II 514 Country Life, March 1962)
Listing NGR: SY7243790017
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