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Godlingston Manor

A Grade I Listed Building in Swanage, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6217 / 50°37'18"N

Longitude: -1.9804 / 1°58'49"W

OS Eastings: 401485

OS Northings: 80221

OS Grid: SZ014802

Mapcode National: GBR 33R.XTD

Mapcode Global: FRA 67RF.D9W

Entry Name: Godlingston Manor

Listing Date: 26 June 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1323633

English Heritage Legacy ID: 108274

Location: Swanage, Purbeck, Dorset, BH19

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

Civil Parish: Swanage

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Swanage St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

Godlingston Manor
SZ 08 SW 1/146 26.6.52

An important medieval house, incorporating a circular tower, probably defensive in
origin. Purbeck Stone walls. Purbeck Stone roof. Stone chimney stacks. According
to the RCHM the tower is contemporary with the main part of the house, ie c1300, but
from the junction of the 2 structures it appears to be of earlier origin, and may
perhaps once have had a timber hall. The main house is of typical medieval form,
with an entrance leading into a through-passage. West of this was the service block,
with the tower leading off its west end. East of the passage is the hall, originally
open to the roof, but floored over in the C17. East of the hall is the parlour/
solar block, roofed at right angles to the hall, but rebuilt after a fire in the C19.
When the hall was floored over the rear wall was rebuilt and a staircase block built
at the north end of the through passage. (Hutchins, however, states that in the C18 the
rear doorway was still visible.) In the C18 a new kitchen wing was built to the rear
(north) of the service block. The interior has been drastically remodelled, all the
roofs being renewed, and retains few early features, although a C17 fireplace has
recently been uncovered in the wall between the hall and the parlour. The tower has
a blocked external door at the front, and arrow-loops in the 2 upper storeys. Its
conical roof is covered with Purbeck Stone. On the main south front, the ground floor
of the house has a doorway with a pointed trefoil arch, leading into the through-
Passage. West of this, in the service block, is a 3-light stone mullioned window on
the ground floor. On the upper floor, a dormer, with hipped roof, has a similar
window. The hall has 2 stone mullioned windows, of 2 and 3-lights. Above these are
2 dormers, with hipped roofs, and stone mullioned windows. All these windows are of
C17 date. The parlour has a 4-light stone mullioned window, with a similar 3-light
window above it, all of C19 date. In the gable the head of an earlier medieval
window has been re-set. The C18 kitchen wing is of 2-storeys and has some stone
mullioned windows and some modern casements. RCHM Monument 12.

Listing NGR: SZ0148580221

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