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Description: Abbey Old House
Date Listed: 4 July 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 133928
OS Grid Reference: SP0234028362
OS Grid Coordinates: 402340, 228362
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9537, -1.9673
There is also a scheduled monument, Winchcombe Abbey, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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SP 02 28 WINCHCOMBE COWL LANE
Abbey Old House
(formerly listed as
4.7.60 Abbey Hotel)
Abbey building, now detached house. C16 core but much subsequent modifica-
tion, entrance facade largely Cl9. Originally one long block, but now with
return gabled wing of Cl9 at east end, and C20 flat roofed addition west
end. Cut and squared limestone to coved cornice on north and parapet south,
coped gables, that to west with large diagonally set square base to ball
finial, and to east stone stack with moulded capping, concrete tile roof
to north, stone slate to south; portion of roof centrally taken up as man-
sard. Entrance front; gable left with 2-storey hexagonal C19 hipped roof
bay with chamfered mullion casements, then, in angle, lofty 4-centred arch
to part glazed 6-panel door in two-storey 5-bay extension from main roof
with 2-light chamfered mullion casements under stepped drips and one canted
oriel on rounded corbel at bay 2, first floor, over series of C19 casements
at ground floor, also, far right, wide 4-panel flush door. Low extension,
left in cut squared limestone to flat weathered parapet. Garden front, 2
storeys and attic in 7 bays, sashes with glazing bars, but far right is
2-storey bow with triple sashes, and far left 1-storey C20 bow. Central
glazed door. At west end, 3-storey gable with canted bay. Interior: at
east end heavy arch-braced roof with upper crucks, wind bracing and untrim-
med rafters, good open well C18 or early C19 stair with turned balusters,
many C19 or C18 paralled doors and elliptical headed openings, some very
heavy rough chamfered beams, and one C16 4-centred built-in opening. This
is very much a palimpsest building, but a rare remnant of the otherwise
thoroughly destroyed Benedictine Abbey, founded in 972. It lies at an
obtuse angle to the only other remnant, known as Winchcombe Abbey (q.v.).
Listing NGR: SP0243328411
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Source: English Heritage
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