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The Dower House, Dowlish Wake

Description: The Dower House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 February 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 262165

OS Grid Reference: ST3761212760
OS Grid Coordinates: 337612, 112760
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9109, -2.8887

Location: Mill Lane, Dowlish Wake, Somerset TA19 0NY

Locality: Dowlish Wake
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA19 0NY

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Listing Text


2/33 The Dower House
(formerly listed is Lower Farm
House and range of Barns at Lower


Detached house. Dated 1664. Ham stone cut and squared in diminishing depth of courses, ashlar tressings; thatched roof
with stepped coped west gable and hipped on east return; brick chimney stacks. 'L'-plan; 2 storey, 4
Hollow-chamfrer mullioned windows in wave-mould recesses, the lower windows with labels, first floor windows of 4, 4, 4
and 3 lights, those to bays 3 and 4 being restorations; to ground floor a 5-light spanning bays 1/2, then a 4- and a
3 light: to lower bay 2 a C20 boarded door in plain opening; between the windows to upper bays l/2 a datestone with
billet-mould frame inscribed 'M/WC/1664'. West gable has a 3-light mullioned window with label to first floor, with a
small extension to the north-west corner. A longer extension from the north-east corner has one 2-light window without
label, and then joins onto two farm buildings. Inside, the roof frame has closed collar trusses with wattle and daub
infill: two cambered fireplaces, the ground floor example mutilated, otherwise the interior considerably modified. The
house was leased to female members of the Speke family during the later C18, hence +he name. (VCH Somerset, Vol IV,
l978, pl52; VAG Report, unpublished SRO, l975).

Listing NGR: ST3761212760

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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