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
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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


  • 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*