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Description: Abbey Guest House
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 248074
OS Grid Reference: SU5788094216
OS Grid Coordinates: 457880, 194216
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6438, -1.1649
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DORCHESTER HIGH STREET
5/45 (East side)
18/07/63 Abbey Guest House
Monastic guest house, now museum and tea room. Late C15. Limestone rubble and
timber framing with plaster and brick infill; old plain-tile roof with brick
stacks. 3-unit plan. 2 storeys. Rubble front has 2 entrances and, to left and
centre, tall leaded casements, those at ground floor with labels. Windows in
right bay have C18/C19 segmental arches, but a blocked original window retains
the trefoiled heads of 2 lights with recessed spandrels. The right end of the
wall has the left jamb and springing stone of an arched doorway. Roof has a
lateral stack, to left, and a ridge stack, to right. Ends and rear are timber
framed in large panels with a full-length rear jetty on curved brackets. Rear
has herringbone brick infill at ground floor, leaded casements with ogee
mullions, and a blocked 4-centre arched doorway. Right gable wall has a
timber-framed staircase addition. Interior: C17 oak panelling; remains of a rear
gallery; clasped-purlin roof with queen strut trusses and arched windbraces. The
building was converted to a school in 1652.
Listing NGR: SU5788094216
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Source: English Heritage
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