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Snowshill Manor, Snowshill

Description: Snowshill Manor

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 July 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 134827

OS Grid Reference: SP0967533841
OS Grid Coordinates: 409675, 233841
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0029, -1.8605

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire WR12 7JR

Locality: Snowshill
Local Authority: Tewkesbury Borough Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR12 7JR

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Listing Text

SP 0833-0933
12/46 Snowshill Manor (formerly
listed as part of Snowshill
4.7.60 Manor with dovecote and garden
buildings) -
Manor house, now housing collection. C17, c1720, C19, altered
1919-23 by and for C.P. Wade; minor later alterations. Coursed,
squared stone, approaching ashlar entrance front and 'Admiral':
stone slate roofs. 'Z' plan, 2-room ends, 4-room centre, 2 1/2
storeys: short additional wing towards garden. Entrance front to
south: plinth, half-glazed door up 3 stone steps to right of
centre; 4 flush panels to bottom half door, moulded surround,
large keystone, rusticated voussoirs, pediment over on acanthus
consoles, with Sambach coat of arms. To right two 2-light mullion
and transom windows, leaded lights, iron opening casements, moulded
surround matching door. To left change in stone colour, 2 sash
windows, wide glazing bars, eared surrounds, dummy keystones.
Plain string course, cut by pediment. First floor 3 mullion and
transom windows on right, 2 sash on left, both as below. Wooden
dentil eaves cornice, hipped roof. Ashlar chimney from eaves right
return, 2 diamond-set stacks, moulded cap. West elevation: right
end left return of entrance front: 18-pane sash, wide glazing
bars, ashlar surround, dropped keystone, on right to ground floor;
blocked window above. Ashlar chimney from eaves left of centre,
paired stack, moulded cap. Left return to projecting wing, boarded
door under flat Tudor arch, 3-light mullioned window, iron opening
light beyond, both to cellar. Above 2 blocked 2-light mullion
windows; gabled dormer in roof, 2-light casement. Main wing set
back on left; all windows with leaded lights and hoodmoulds.
Three-light mullioned window to cellar, 3-light mullion and transom
to ground floor, 4-light mullioned with king mullion above, 3-light
mullioned in gable, parapet gable with cross-gablet apex. High up
to left small, gabled dormer with single-light. Slightly-
projecting lateral chimney on left over lower wing, ashlar, paired
flues to upper part, moulded cap. On left projecting wing, in
near ashlar stone: wide boarded door with flat stone lintel in end
wall, single-light window each side, to cellar. Plain string
course above, extending along returns. Eighteen-pane sash, with
glazing bars, to ground floor, beaded arris to opening, hipped
roof. Against left return 11 stone steps up to quarter landing,
stone-wall balustrade on left, coped top, ball finial at foot. At
top wide boarded door with flat stone lintel to ground floor,
chamfered arris to opening: wall carried up on left to form porch,
flat stone roof, ovolo-moulded. on bottom edge. To left plinth;
all windows mullioned, with hoodmoulds. Two-light window, large
buttress with offsets, two 3-light windows, square-set C19 corner
buttress. Above, three 3-light windows, varying mouldings. To
right wall carried up in stone gable, 3-light window, parapet
gable, cross-gablet apex. Two gabled dormers to left, 2-light
casements. Set back on left, with higher ground level, gable of
C19 wing, plinth, tall, 2-light mullion window on left to ground
floor, 3-light wooden casement to first floor, wooden lintel, 2-
light similar above, parapet gable, cross-gablet apex. To right,
above parapet, C20 infill with 2-light casement.
To road: 1984 boarded door with moulded stone surround, off
quarter landing up 6 stone steps, single iron railing. Scattered
2 and 3-light mullioned windows with hoodmoulds, some blocked.
Three stone parapet gables, left with chimney. Projecting chimney
to right, stone offset on left only. Parapet gable to right with
further chimney. Projecting C19 wing on right, left return boarded
door with 4-centred arch, all up 4 stone steps, slit and 3-light
casement, timber lintels; 2-light casement in gabled dormer; 2
ridge chimneys, parapet gable.
Interior: entrance hall stone paving, dado panelling, moulded
cornice, 4 panel doors. Room to left, window seats, fielded
panelling and shutters, carved panel over fireplace, C18 cast-iron
grate, moulded cornice. Room to right entrance, dust-ledge
panelling, cyma moulding to windows, ovolo to stone fireplace.
Stair hall, dust-ledge panelling, plaster above, 3 chamfered
ceiling beams, turned balusters to dogleg stairs, swept moulded
handrail, matching dado panelling. Room in adjoining wing, fielded
panelling below dado, bolection-moulded fireplace surround, cast-
iron grate, fielded panel over. Two built-in C18 cupboards:
panelled shutters. Great Hall, small-panel panelling (C20), wide
stone fireplace with flat Tudor arch, plain chamfer; small
cupboard on left at back with flue. Gallery with turned balusters
forming screen: open well stairs off with plain strings, turned
balusters;square newels with ornamental finials and pendants,
moulded handrail. Narrow spiral stone stair to attics. Ceiling
quartered, wall beams, all with wide chamfers; unchamfered exposed
joists. Room beyond, similar panelling, panel wooden barrel vault
(C20). First floor: fielded panel doors to entrance front,
cambered ceiling (C20) to corridor. First room, right, early C18
panelling, dado rail, moulded cornice, fireplace not seen. To
left, early-mid C19 fireplace surround, cast-iron grate, timber
overmantel, original moulded cornice to 2 walls. Dado rail,
panelled walls and moulded cornice to room over stair hall, secret
door to small room beyond, C20 panelled barrel vault ceiling. Room
over Great Hall, small panel panelling, stone fireplace with double
ovolo moulding, cambered cross beam, ridge beam with double ogee
moulding, chamfered ceiling joists, boards over. Timber-framed
wall to room beyond, beam and joists similar. Attics: ovolo
moulding with elaborate stop to most door frames: boarded doors.
Close-studded partition between 2 attics, as truss, ladder part way
up one side: entrance front queen strut and collar trusses, latter
with curved feet to principals. Two pairs purlins throughout, no
ridge member. Main block, including Great Hall with chamber over,
appears to have been extended to the south in line during C17;
c1720 section to left of entrance door and short wing behind added.
Entrance door formed by reusing window surround. Purchased by C.P.
Wade in 1919, and restored by him thereafter: he is said to have
purchased small-panel panelling in house in Norfolk. Property
given to National Trust 1951. Forms group with brewhouse,
dovecote, garden buildings, wall and gatepiers, and Nos 1-4 Manor
Cottages (q.v.).
(Country Life, 1927, 1978, 1980; D. Verey, Gloucestershire, The
Cotswolds, 1970; National Trust Guidebook, 1985)

Listing NGR: SP0967533841

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Source: English Heritage

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