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Chisenbury Priory, Enford

Description: Chisenbury Priory

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 310967

OS Grid Reference: SU1396952557
OS Grid Coordinates: 413969, 152557
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2720, -1.8011

Location: Enford, Wiltshire SN9 6AQ

Locality: Enford
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN9 6AQ

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Listing Text

SU 15 SW (east side)

5/15 Chisenbury Priory
Large house in own grounds. Later C17 with front of mid C18, (date
1767 and initials of Williams Grove on rainwater heads). Rendered
flint and flint laced clunch. Facade of brick with limestone
raised quoins. Tile and lead roofs. C17 building of 'U'-plan, 2
storeys and attics, but east wing, called the Justice Room, may be
an addition of slightly later date. Central block now with
central through passage. Stone-mullioned and transomed windows.
Justice room has fine doorcase with pediment and consoles on to the
small courtyard, late C17-early C18, with added suspended bell.
West wing restored in 1886, including renewal of main first floor
window. New facade added in C18, and service wing west of the west
wing. Facade is of 5 bays, symmetrical, with central pedimented
doorcase and 6-panelled door. Ground floor windows 12-pane sashes
in stone architraves with alternating segmental and triangular
pediments and pulvinating frieze. Twelve-pane sashes also to upper
windows and facade extended up to make third storey. Architraves
on bracketed sills, but central window has Gibbs surround and
radial keyed round head. Cornice and parapet with large central
and terminal wreathed urns. Dated rainwater heads maybe 2-3
decades later than facade. C17 diamond set brick shafted paired stacks.
Interior: West rear wing has oak panelling of C17 and fine plaster
ceiling, probably of same date. Stair to attic and one attic room
also C17, panelled. All room with varied cornices, modillion
cornice to hall. Front rooms panelled and with C19 ceilings in
late C18 style. Justice Room and front ground floor room, severely
damaged by fire c1980. Roof renewed and undergoing restoration
1985. Building is on or near the site of a cell of the Abbey of
Bec Hellouin, founded 1112, of which no evidence now remains.
Court last held in Justice Room in 1922.

Listing NGR: SU1396952557

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Source: English Heritage

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