This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
SZ48SE GATCOMBE 1353-0/3/103 Sheat Manor 21/07/51
Manor house. Early C17 built by the Urry family. Built of greensand coursed stone rubble with ashlar quoins, hipped slate roof and end brick chimneystacks. Half H-shaped plan of 2 storeys and attics: 7 windows. South front has 2 storey centre and projecting end gables of 2 storeys and attics with stone coping and kneelers. 5 stone mullioned windows and 2 further blocked windows in sides of gables. Drip mouldidng to attic windows. Over ground and 1st floors there are bands stepped up over the windows to form dripmoulding. Deep stone plinth. Central projecting one storey porch with crenellated parapet containing a round-headed archway with keystone over and impost blocks. The inner doorway is obtusely pointed and has original door of 4 vertical planks. The North front has 6 original 2 or 3-light stone mullioned windows to 1st floor and 2 original stone mullioned windows to the ground floor. The other windows are casements. Central gabled porch with stone coping, keystone and round-headed arch. Original 4 plank door with studs behind. Right side elevation has C18 brick lean to.
Left side elevation has C20 concrete garage not of special interest. 2 end external chimneystacks, the left one stone to base and brick above. Interior: hall has early C17 stone 4 centred arched fireplace with fine oak overmantel, having 3 fluted pilasters with human masks below, the central one full face, the end ones in profile and strapwork panels between.
Frieze with heart motifs. Oak caryatids on each side of the fireplace. Obtusely pointed stone archway to left side of fireplace. Also exposed beams and remains of a door surround chamfered with lambs tongue stops. Partially stone flagged floor. Dining Room has 4 centred stone fireplace and oak panelling. Priest hole reputed built into this fireplace approached by winding stair from the room above. One of the original Domesday manors. In 1605 Sir William Oglander gave Thomas Urry 10 oak trees "towards building their new house at Gatcombe".
(C W R Winter: The Manor Houses of the Isle of Wight: 137 - 145; B.O.E. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: 746; VCH: 246).
Listing NGR: SZ4937284487
© Rev Robert Rudd. Source: Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
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Photographer: Rudd, Robert
Rights Holder: Rudd, Robert
Ashlar, Brick, Concrete, Rubble, Sandstone, Slate, Tudor Manor House, Elizabethan Domestic, Stuart House, Jacobean Dwelling, Garage, Transport, Road Transport Site, Priest Hole, Religious Ritual And Funerary
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