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Old Wardour Castle, Donhead St Andrew

Description: Old Wardour Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 320803

OS Grid Reference: ST9386626336
OS Grid Coordinates: 393866, 126336
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0364, -2.0888

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6RH

Locality: Donhead St Andrew
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SP3 6RH

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Old Wardour Castle: a Tower Keep Castle, 17th Century Stables and Later Garden Features, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

Listing Text

ST 92 NW (east side)

4/20 Old Wardour Castle
(previously listed in Tisbury C.P.)

Partly in Tisbury C.P. Castle, now ruin. 1390s for John, fifth
Lord Lovel, remodelled 1570s for Sir Matthew Arundell by Robert
Smythson. Limestone ashlar. Hexagonal plan with projecting towers
flanking north entrance, enclosed hexagonal courtyard. Two
storeys, 6 windows to entrance. Central 1570s round-arched doorway
with block rustication to pilasters, shell-headed niches either
side, Latin inscription over records rebuilding date, hall above
lit by two large C14 pointed windows with missing tracery, corbels
for machicolation over, flanking towers have four symmetrically
placed 2-light Tudor-arched windows and moulded string course with
rosettes to former parapet. Other sides have groups of three
Tudor-arched lights some being blind to complete the symmetry. The
south west wall has been completely destroyed, together with parts
of west and south walls. Interior of courtyard has fine classical
doorway of 1570s to foot of stairs; round arch with fluted
pilasters to Doric entablature, spandrels and plinths decorated
with lions' heads. Main feature of interior is first floor hall
over entrance with screens passage and services to south east end,
vaulted undercrofts and entrance passage below, other apartments
including the lord's chambers were in 3-storey ranges to west and
south of the hall. Castle partly destroyed during Civil War sieges
of 1643 and 1644, replaced by James Paine's Wardour Castle (q.v.)
in 1776 when bailey (q.v.) laid out as pleasure gardens. Scheduled
ancient monument, Wiltshire No 243.
(DOE Guide - Old Wardour Castle, 1968; M. Girouard, Robert
Smythson and the Elizabethan Country House, 1983)

Listing NGR: ST9386226334

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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