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Thickthorn House with North Boundary Wall and Gateway, Ashill

Description: Thickthorn House with North Boundary Wall and Gateway

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 February 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 263919

OS Grid Reference: ST3296316863
OS Grid Coordinates: 332963, 116863
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9473, -2.9556

Location: Hastings Cross, Ashill, Somerset TA19 9LU

Locality: Ashill
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA19 9LU

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Listing Text


2/20 Thickthorn House
(also known as Thickthorn Manor),
with north boundary wall and

- II

Detached house. Possibly C16 origins, remodelled in the late C17 and possibly refronted in C18. Red brick in Flemish
bond on rubble stone plinth, ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roof in diminishing courses between stepped coped gables;
brick end chimney stacks. 'T'-plan with additions; 2-storey east elevation of 3 bays, with single-storey single-bay
extensions to each side. Sash windows in plain ashlar surrounds, 20-pane below and 12-pane above; to lower centre bay a
6-panel door with toplights, set under radially-glazed fanlight in semi-circular arched opening into open stone porch
with slim Tuscan columns and pilasters, plain entablature and flat roof:side wings have plain parapets and copings,
with tall French casement windows in flat-arched gauged brick openings. Return wing westwards of 2 storeys with attics,
3 bays; casement windows, some with leaded lights, others with very small panes and cast-iron frames; in centre 2 raked
buttresses to half height, C20 additions; further lean-to on west gable. On north-west corner a 2-storey brick building
to match, with high stepped gables suggesting former thatch, now roofed in Welsh slate, and with a weathervane dated
1894: at west end of this building a barn with loft, but at east end an upper room with, in east gable, a 3-light 'Y'
traceried pointed arched casement window; some of the walling under this window in lias stone; a lean-to building in
random stonework on the north side of this extension, Interior not seen, but reported is a heavily moulded framed
ceiling to the hall, and a chamfer-beam panelled ceiling in an inner rood, but much internal work is C19 or C20, The
history of the house uncertain; one stone set upside down in the south wall of the wing is dated 1687; the
multi-coloured brickwork, with well-burnt headers, is probably earlier C18; the upper rood over the barn could have
served as a religious meeting house, Extending eastwards from the north-east corner of the house is the north boundary
wall, in English garden wall bond, about 3 metres high, with thin Ham stone coping, with a curved drop at the east end
to a pair of rusticated ashlar gate piers with moulded plinth and pyramidal caps, carrying wrot-iron gates, probably
C19, having worked arrowheads to middle and top rails, the top rails being curved, and there being curved braces to the
bottom panel; the whole adding to the setting of the house. (VAG Report, SRO unpublished, December 1978).

Listing NGR: ST3296316863

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Source: English Heritage

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