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The Ruins of Cowdray House, Easebourne

Description: The Ruins of Cowdray House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 June 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 301628

OS Grid Reference: SU8914021653
OS Grid Coordinates: 489140, 121653
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9874, -0.7314

Location: Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9BN

Locality: Easebourne
Local Authority: Chichester District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: GU29 9BN

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There is also a scheduled monument, Cowdray: a Fortified Medieval House and Part of Its Landscaped Grounds, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

11/57 The Ruins of Cowdray House
Ruins of a fine stone mansion comprising a complete courtyard with gatehouse, hall
with oriel windows, chapel, kitchen, etc. The east and north sides were built by
Sir David Owen in 1492 circa, the west and south sides by Sir William Fitzwilliam,
later Earl of Southampton, in 1533 circa. Further alterations were made by the
latter's half-brother, Sir Anthony Browne, and his son, the first Viscount Montague.
It remained the home of the Montague family until partly destroyed by fire in 1792.
Ashlar with quoins of a different coloured stone. Castellated parapet. Casement
windows. Large bays of two storeys with two tiers of six lights. The gatehouse
was on the west side. Four-centred carriage archway flanked by octagonal turrets
of three storeys. Hall and chapel on east side of the courtyard.

Listing NGR: SU8914021677

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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