This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
ZEALS LOWER ZEALS ST 73 SE (east side) 6/184 Zeals House 6.1.66 GV I Country house. Late C14, C17, C18 and 1860s, the latter for William Chafyn-Grove. Limestone rubble stone, Welsh slate roofs, stone stacks with moulded cappings. Rambling L-plan, the earliest range consisting of 2-storey hall and solar range to north east of C17 and C19 additions. Two-storey and attic, 8-window east front.
Central recessed bay with 1860s porch with Tudor-arched double doors and Chafyn-Grove arms over, 5-light mullioned window and battlemented parapet, 3-light ovolo-mullioned and transomed window to left, C14 range projecting to right has two C19 three-light ovolo-mullioned and transomed windows with hoodmoulds to ground and first floors, gabled solar wing and stair turret to right have 2- light and 3-light mullioned and transomed windows, glazed door to present kitchen. C17 range to left of porch has 3-light and 4- light mullioned and transomed casements to ground and first floors, two attic gables with 3-light ovolo-mullioned casements, coped verges with ball finials, attached to left of this is 1869 addition with external stack, first floor oriel and C17 style mullioned and transomed casements. 1869 left return has pair of gabled bays with mullioned casements and 5-light mullioned and transomed casement between with Chafyn-Grove arms over. Right return is north gable-end of C14 and C17 parallel ranges; diagonal buttress to left, C19 porches and mullioned and transomed casements, C17 ovolo-mullioned casements to attics. Rear left has chamfered and ovolo-mullioned casements, parapet to roof, single-storey attached tack-room, C17 range projecting to right has mullioned casements to basement, ground and first floors, some C19 restored, 2-storey bay remodelled as tower with battlemented parapet in 1860s, 1869 south wing has cross windows.
Interior: entrance hall in C17 range with C19 full panelling and stairs to rear with turned balusters, first floor drawing room on west side has shallow barrel-vaulted ceiling and C18 full fielded panelling and overmantel, former servants hall below, reset C17 full wainscotting in bedroom over entrance hall. North west range, possibly late Medieval and remodelled in C17 and C18 has Tudor-arched ground floor doorway with ledged door, first floor room with early C18 moulded plaster ceiling cornice. C14 range to north east; dining room with white marble fireplace with Ionic columns, C18 joinery, billiard room over with full fielded panelling and marble corner fireplace, very good 8-bay roof in attics to former first floor open hall: arch-braced cranked collar trusses with cyma-moulded soffits and two tiers of windbracing with cusped decoration. North east solar wing has first floor room with full panelling, marble fireplace with overmantel, good doors, attic has formerly plastered barrel-vaulted ceiling, 3-bay roof with hollow-chamfered collar trusses. Early C18 stairs in north east turret with 3 turned balusters per tread, wreathed handrail, panelled dado and good plaster ceiling with moulded cornice and Chafyn-Grove arms in centre panel. 1869 drawing room with C17 style fittings including panelling with frieze, stairs to attic C17 style with serpentine splat balusters. 1869 service accommodation in separate wing to west; chamfered mullioned casements and round- arched opposing doorways with keystones, below a gabled clocktower with keyed clockface. Matthew de Clevedon acquired a house here in 1372 and apparently rebuilt it; the roof of a former first floor open hall probably dates from this time. The Chafyn family, subseqently the Chafyn-Groves acquired the property during C15 and their descendants remained here till mid C20.
(Mere, A Wiltshire Country Town, 1975)
Listing NGR: ST7963431908
© Mr G.M. Cotton. Source: Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
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Photographer: Cotton, G.M.
Rights Holder: Cotton, G.M.
Limestone, Rubble, Stone, Welsh Slate, Medieval Counting House, Domestic, House, Dwelling, Tack Room, Agriculture And Subsistence, Service Wing, Coat Of Arms, Commemorative, Commemorative Monument
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