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The Old Manor House, St Martha

Description: The Old Manor House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 May 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 288349

OS Grid Reference: TQ0253047254
OS Grid Coordinates: 502530, 147254
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2153, -0.5334

Location: Old Manor Gardens, St Martha, Surrey GU4 8NQ

Locality: St Martha
Local Authority: Guildford Borough Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: GU4 8NQ

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Listing Text

The entry for: ST MARTHA



Shall be replaced by:




House. Early C17, dated 1609 over the porch, extended and encased in
late C19 additions, C20 extensions to right. Red and brown brick to old
part, C19 wings, tile hung above, some in fishscale pattern. Plain tiled
roofs. Two storeys. Old entrance front now to right hand side away from
road. Plinth, plat band over ground floor and corbelled eaves to shaped
gables coped with brick on edge. Large projecting gabled wing to right
with two diamond pane, leaded casement windows under cambered head on
first floor. Two larger mullioned and transomed casements to ground
floor. Lower wing at right angles to left with large staircase window,
leaded. Further shaped gabled bay set back to left with one window on
each floor. Two storey porch projecting to front right with Doric brick
pilasters to ground and first floors and rubbed brick entablatures and
segmental pediment above. Arched, keystoned door surround with impost
blocks to half glazed arched door. C20 extension to right in similar style
to main block.
New entrance front: large shaped gable to left, segmental gable over
entrance to right. First floor oriel window on braces to left - leaded
"cross" window with three panels between braces. Two ground floor
casements. Two storeyed porch to right with leaded casement to first
floor, arched keystone porch entrance flanked by Doric pilasters and
entablature above. Five fielded panel door with flanking lights under
dentilled broken pediment.
Interior: Panelled ground floor rooms. C17 iron firebacks and chalk
fire surround to former library. C17 overmantles to fireplaces, one
showing Abraham and Isaac and Judith and the head of Holofernes.

HISTORY: The house was the home of Kapitan Bouvier, the manager of the nearby Chilworth Gunpowder Works which was operated by a German company from the 1880s.

(Crocker G, A Guide to the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, Surrey Industrial History Group, 1990; Domestic Buildings Research Group Report No 3121; Wayne Cocroft, Dangerous Energy. The archaeology of gunpowder and military explosives manufacture, Swindon (English Heritage), 2000, p. 97)

Listing NGR: TQ0253047254

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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