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Description: Bisterne Manor House
Date Listed: 30 September 1964
English Heritage Building ID: 143657
OS Grid Reference: SU1511800788
OS Grid Coordinates: 415118, 100788
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8065, -1.7868
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SU 10 SE RINGWOOD B3347 BISTERNE
8/8 Bisterne Manor House
Manor House. Possibly late C15, early C16, late C16 remodelled mid/late C17 and
early/mid C19, restored mid C20. Brick and stone rendered (with incised masonry
lines), stone quotas, slate roof. Rectangular plan of main west front facing
road, remainder being irregular (on far wall of a west front roof a C16 window
indicates original central courtyard). Main front 2 storeys on raised basement,
recessed 5 centre bays and gabled projecting wings. Moulded plinth. Flanking
wings have gable walls, on outer slope resting on kneeler, inner carried inward
as beginning of parapet around front. Below 1½ storey projecting porch, with
ramped stone steps parallel to front. LH porch C16 as it gave access to screens
passage,it has Compton arms over door, RH porch has date 1652 and Berkeley arms.
The doorways are arched openings with stone columns and on parapets over carved
recumbent hounds. Wings have 2-mullion transomed windows, and 2-light window
to front side of porches. Central part has 3-light mullioned transomed window,
each side 2-mullioned transom window. Moulded 1st floor string. On 1st floor
similar windows, and 2-light lower set windows, over porches, to end bays
Pineapple ornaments built into wall over each window in low parapet with moulded
coping. Behind ridge in centre and at each end on wings, large rendered stacks.
Inside under front range large rib-vaulted undercroft, late C16, possibly re-
modelling earlier. Behind RH porch late C17 heavy staircase. In wing at LH side,
in far corner huge C16 fireplace of former kitchen, and early C17 staircase
beside. For interior see Country Life; 1955; p240-243, p286-289. Buildings of
England; Hampshire; Pevsner; Penguin; 1966; p110.
Listing NGR: SP1511500785
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