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Manor House, Abbas and Templecombe

Description: Manor House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 March 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 261743

OS Grid Reference: ST7091922094
OS Grid Coordinates: 370919, 122094
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9975, -2.4158

Location: 39 High Street, Templecombe, Somerset BA8 0LJ

Locality: Abbas and Templecombe
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA8 0LJ

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Listing Text


9/8 Manor House
(Formerly known as Manor Farm



House. C17 and later on medieval site. Local stone coursed rubble with ashlar dressings; shallow pitch hipped Welsh
slate roof; brick chinney stacks. 'L'-plant 2 storeys, 4 bays to West facade, irregular fenestration. Ovolo mould
mullioned window to upper bays 2,3 and 4, and below to bay 4 and between bays 2 and 3; that to lower bay 4 has hood
mould; reserved chamfer mullioned windows of 2-lights to bay 1: between bays 3 and 4 a studded boarded door in heavy
frame, with C20 stone porch under flat moulded hood. Projecting stair turret on East side, with plain doorway and
various ovolo mould mullioned windows. Short return Southwards to match, then a long non-domestic wing which may
incorporate medieval fragments, although windows are mostly modern; one ovolo mould window and a moulded door surround
may be reused. Interior not seen, but a comprehensive report speaks of traces of a spiral staircase in the North West
corner of the main house; a fairly rare reserve chamfer moulded fireplace (possibly reset) in the South West corner,
with 4-centre arched stone lintol; rear staircase may be C17, sundry beans with various mouldings and a variety of
doors and door frames; and to the rear extension probably C17 collar roof trusses. Site held as a preceptory by the
Knights Templars until 1300, from then until 1540 it was owned by the Knights Hospitallers; after that various lay
owners modified it, especially Charles Brooke before he died in 1610. The remains of a chapel of c1200 survived until
c1980 just East of the return wing (VAG Report, SRO unpublished, July 1983; D.M. Clarke-Irons, A Short Record of Abbas
and Templecombe, 1974).

Listing NGR: ST7091922094

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Source: English Heritage

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