Parnham House, Beaminster - West Dorset

C16 country house, much refashioned and extended in 1810 by Nash. Suffered catastrophic fire in April 2017. Majority of roof and internal structure has been destroyed, but much external fabric survived. A complex set of circumstances has left the building unrepaired and still unprotected 12 months on, and Historic England's Conservation Engineer has assessed it as being in an increasingly vulnerable condition. Discussions are currently underway between Historic England and the local authority regarding the serving of an urgent works notice to stabilise the most fragile areas of fabric.

Parnham House, Beaminster - West Dorset
© Historic England

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Parnham House
    Heritage Category:
    Listed Building grade I
    List Entry Number:
    1221178
    Local Planning Authority:
    West Dorset
    Site Type:
    Domestic > Country house

Location

    Building Name:
    Parnham House
    County:
    Dorset
    District / Borough:
    West Dorset
    Parish:
    Beaminster
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    West Dorset
    Region:
    South West

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Very bad
    Occupancy / Use:
    Part occupied/part in use
    Priority:
    A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
    Previous Priority:
    A
    Ownership:
    Private
    Designation:
    Listed Building grade I, RPG grade II*