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Wigborough Manor House, South Petherton

Description: Wigborough Manor House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 April 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 264275

OS Grid Reference: ST4479515147
OS Grid Coordinates: 344795, 115147
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9331, -2.7869

Location: South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5LP

Locality: South Petherton
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA13 5LP

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Listing Text

2/190 Wigborough Manor House



Manor house. Part dated 1585, probably never completed; subsquently modified. Ham stone ashlar; Welsh slate roofs
between coped gables; stone chimney stacks. Two and 3-storeys with attics; east entrance elevation of 5 bays, of which
bay 1 is a wide gabled projection, and bays 2 and 4 narrower gables of lesser projection: possibly intended to be an
eventual symmetrical plan of 'E' type, of which bay 4 would have been the centre. Cill-height plinth, gables have
obelisk finials topped with small balls: ovolo-mould mullioned windows in wave-mould recesses of 4-lights to ground
floor, those to bays 1, 2 and 3 being taller with transomes; 4-light to first floor except bay 4 which is 3-light here
and the 2 levels above; all attic windows 3-light; all windows having individual labels: to lower bay 4 a
cambered-arched doorway with panelled spandrils and a hoodmould over, above which is a square carved panel: projecting
from the north-east corner is a low 2-storey wing with coped gable and ball finial, with 4-light mullioned first floor
window with label, 3-light below, and a square-headed doorway with moulded jambs. West elevation also of 5 bays, of
which bay 5 is gabled; bay 1 has an upper window with hollow-chamfer mullions in a chamfered recess, otherwise windows
are ovolo-mould mullions wave-mould recesses; bay 1 has 4-lights to ground floor and 3-light to second; bay 2 has
7-light windows to first and second floors; bays 3 and 4 have 4-light windows to ground and second floors, the lower
windows taller, with transomes; bay 5 has 4-light to each floor and a 3-light in the ettic gable, which has an obelisk
finial; to lower bay 2 a cambered-arched doorway with boarded door, set in an open stone porch, probably later C18,
having 4-centred outer arch, spandril panels and flat roof: chimney between bays 3 and 4. Leanto against north gable
with flat coping carried down in steps, in the west wall of which is a 3-light mullioned and transomed window: high in
main north gable 2 single-light second floor windows, without labels, and a 3-light attic window with label. South
elevation of 2 bays, the first the gable end of the main wing, with porch matching that of west elevation to ground
floor and 3-light chamfer-mullioned windows to the 3 levels above; projecting chimney stack between bays; bay 2 has
ovolo-mould mulliond windows with labels, the lower with transome. Internally, a screen passage links the east and west
entrances, with kitchen to north and hall to south, with closed gallery over passage and solar to east: hall has a
stone cambered-arched fireplace in west wall and a cambered-arched doorway in south wall; in east wall a
4-centre-arched doorway leads into a former solar which has stripwork ceiling, ornamental frieze, a cambered-arched
fireplace and panelling, partly adapted, with a corbel dated 1585: south-east drawing room has fine strapwork plaster
ceiling with very deep frieze, plaster overmentel to cambered-arched stone fireplace bearing the arms of Hele of Flete.
Stair to south end works around a solid core, as at nearby Montacute House (q.v.). On first floor a simpler strapwork
ceiling to the south-east bedroom, which has a cambered-arched doorway and a C19 fireplace; the dressing room over the
solar has simpler less-sophisticated strapwork ceiling: off the staircase at first floor level a moulded timber- framed
doorway: central bedroom on west side has C16 panelling matching that in solar; minstrels gallery has early timber
window into hall. Originating as a Saxon estate, the manor was shared by members of the Brome Family from 1581 to 1615,
when it passed to the Hele family who held it for most of the C17: superficially an overa11 bui1ding date of 1585 is
impobable, and a date between 1615 and 1650 seems more likely. (VCH, Vol III, 1974; SSAVBRG Report, unpublished SRO,

Listing NGR: ST4479515147

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Source: English Heritage

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