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Latitude: 51.6091 / 51°36'32"N
Longitude: -1.8747 / 1°52'28"W
OS Eastings: 408776
OS Northings: 190033
OS Grid: SU087900
Mapcode National: GBR 3SF.0VQ
Mapcode Global: VHB35.GT9C
Entry Name: Pond Farmhouse
Listing Date: 17 January 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1356025
English Heritage Legacy ID: 317976
Location: Purton, Wiltshire, SN5
Civil Parish: Purton
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: Purton
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
SU 08 SE PURTON POND LANE, PURTON STOKE
Farmhouse. Late C16, C17 and C18, on earlier moated site.
Limestone rubble. Stone slate roof. 2-storeys and attic.
Original building to rear, 2 bays 1 storey and attic, to which is
added early C17 'L' plan front block of 3 bays, limestone rubble
with ashlar dressings and offset plinth. This has central stair
hall but plan altered later. To rear further extensions in C19 and
C20. Original building has later sash windows and 2 gables with 6-
pane sashes. C17 building has hollow chamfered stone-mullioned
windows, some transomed, with elliptical relieving arches over. On
upper floor, these replaced with 16-pane sashes in raised stone
surrounds, some blocked by insertion of stack. Half glazed door in
trellised pitched porch. Left and rear gable raised and coped.
Inserted stack has shaped shoulders and rebuilt shaft. 1 dormer.
C18 stone wine cellar to rear.
Interior of early building has heavy chamfered cross beams and
joists, and formerly timber framed partitions with wattle and daub,
now surviving on first floor only. Later building has ovolo
moulded ceiling beams and some early doors. Reset datestone of
1698. Stair replaced C20. The house was the country retreat of
the Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, and home of the Bathe family
in the C18. Good detached stone cattle house of 1914 on north
Listing NGR: SU0877690033
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