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Latitude: 50.8143 / 50°48'51"N
Longitude: -2.8909 / 2°53'27"W
OS Eastings: 337334
OS Northings: 102022
OS Grid: ST373020
Mapcode National: GBR MB.Y1F7
Mapcode Global: FRA 46TY.CL0
Entry Name: Sadborow House
Listing Date: 8 April 1983
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1118930
English Heritage Legacy ID: 104656
Location: Thorncombe, West Dorset, Dorset, TA20
District: West Dorset
Civil Parish: Thorncombe
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
ST 30 SE THORNCOMBE SADBOROW
3/74 Sadborow House
Country House in small park. Built between 1773 and 1775 by John Johnson, for
John Bragge and cost £2,589 2s 4½ d . 1843: 2-storey wing was added on West
additions and alterations in neo-grecian style. Portland Walls, with Ham stone
Ashlar facing. Slate-and asphalt roofs of shallow pitch; The house is square in
plan with the main entrance on the East front. The East, North and South fronts
are symmetrically designed, of 3 storeys and with 5 window bays (East). Sashes
with wooden glazing bars and crown glass. East front-plinth, flat-band at
first floor level and a block cornice. Central entrance with blind arcading
over ground floor windows. Stone porch with panelled sides: early 19C
addition. Arcaded and pedimented chimney-stack over cornice early 19C.
South front: wide semi-circular bay in middle to full height. North front:
ground floor addition of early 19C to East 4 bays. Stone panel with relief
carving of arms of Bragge impaling Sparrow, Bragge crest and date 1843. North
entrance has stone surround of the original East entrance-doorway.
Interior: Entrance hall opens into a domed staircase-hall in centre of house,
and to full height. Entrance to domed hall has a wide elliptical arch carried
on entablatures with fluted frieze, carried on columns and pilasters and
fluted capitals. West wall of stair-hall semi-circular in plan. Stair with
mahogany handrail with wrought iron balusters. Two openings and a recess
in the stair-hall: 3 centred heads. Landing divided into 2 by an open screen
of columns. Plasterwork of dome with panels containing arms and trophies,
swags and rosettes. Skylight. Ground North-East room: open screen of
2 Ionic columns; frieze with arms and wreaths and a cornice. South-East room
with festoons and small roundels containing figure subjects. South Drawing
Room with large South bay. Plasterwork with anthemion details. White marble
fire-place with Caryatid torch bearer, 2 cherubs in the imposts and central
historiated neo-classical panel. Doorways of North-East and South-East rooms
have added scroll-tops. Above are plaster panels with reliefs with an urn
and confronting gryphons. Sadborow is a Neo-classical house of great external
severity; The internal plaster-work is rather simplified, and of provincial
quality. Source: R.C.H.M. Dorset I, p.246(4).
Listing NGR: ST3733402022
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