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Holy Cross Abbey, Ferndown Town

Description: Holy Cross Abbey

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 October 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 107668

OS Grid Reference: SU0542600314
OS Grid Coordinates: 405426, 100314
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8024, -1.9244

Location: Stapehill Road, Ferndown, Dorset BH21 2EB

Locality: Ferndown Town
Local Authority: East Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH21 2EB

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Listing Text

6/42 Holy Cross Abbey
- II
Abbey. House of the early C19, monastic buildings of the 1840's, church
of 1847-51 by Charles Hansom and later conventual buildings. A monastery
for Cistercian nuns (migrating from Revolutionary France), comprising ranges
of domestic and conventual buildings to the south of the church. Walls of
brickwork in English and Flemish bonds. Steep slate roof to the church,
slate roof to the ranges, with tile roof to the later extensions. The
church has two parts in parallel (for lay and monastic use), each with a
chancel of two bays and nave of five bays, also a (later) aisle to the north
of the lay nave. The general style is Early English; lancets and coupled
lancets (beneath quatrefoils) and large east windows to the coupled gables,
the west end having a large window at the north side, the south side gable
being merged with a slender tower, narrowed at the bells stage and
terminating in a tall pyramid roof. Although there is a north porch, the
main entrance is in the west gable. Inside, there are two arcades, with
octagonal columns with moulded caps, with a screen separating the churches.
The ranges encompass the earlier house (occupied 1802) and there is a west
elevation of two storeys, with a main entrance in the form of a Gothic
porch. The cemetery contains a memorial cross of 1844 by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, commemorating the abbess Chabannes. RCHM

Listing NGR: SU0542600314

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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