The Conduit Cross

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002673

Date first listed: 15-Oct-1924

Map

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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Sherborne

National Grid Reference: ST 63888 16515

Summary

Part of Sherborne Abbey cloister known as The Conduit.

Reasons for Designation

The part of Sherborne Abbey cloister known as The Conduit survives well and has had several phases of re-use. It serves as an upstanding reminder of the important architecture associated with Sherborne Abbey.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 15 December 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes part of Sherborne Abbey cloister situated in Cheap Street, Sherborne. The Conduit survives as a freestanding hexagonal building with moulded string and parapet coping, a vaulted roof, buttresses at the angles and original arched door and window openings with some tracery. The decorated vaulted roof has foliate bosses and in the centre is the shield of arms of the abbey supported by angels. Five sides allow access to pedestrians and a modern water fountain is situated on the eastern side. It was built in the northern alley of the abbey cloister by Albert Mere in 1504-35. It was moved to its current position in 1560 and has been subsequently restored. Hutchins in the 19th century described a short cross on its top, which has since been removed. In 1834 it was glazed, a door inserted and it was used as a reading room. For a while it was re-used as a police station and in 1861 as a penny bank.

The Conduit is Listed Grade I.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: DO 7

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-887399

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