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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1093391



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

County: Hampshire

District: Test Valley

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Wherwell

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 21-Mar-1984

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Jul-1990

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 139762

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In the entry;

3940 WHERWELL Stable Block 9/38 (30 yards south of Priory) GV II*

The entry shall be amended to read;

3940 WHERWELL Stable Block 9/38 (30 yards south of Wherwell Priory) GV I

Abbey building, probably refectory, to Wherwell Abbey; now garages, stores workshops etc. Probably 2nd quarter of C13; altered C17, C18, late C19 and C20. Banded flint and brick with some chalk blocks; brick dressings; plain tile roof. Originally a large open hall; loft floor inserted C19. 8 roof bays; late C19 single-storey 3-bay brick extension at right end; C20 brick outshut at left end. Brick quoins and cambered openings, the windows with diamond-leaded wood-framed lights, the doorways with board doors with cover strips. Late C20 garage door at left end. 3 gabled dormers. Rear: C17 or C18 brick quoins and buttress at right end, 2-light windows, and sashes at left end; two loading hatches; 2 gabled dormers. Blind oculus to left gable. Interior: C19 stalls. Half-way up walls, wooden corbels project, supporting jowelled vertical posts and straight braces, both of which rise to tie-beam. Tie-beams support queen-posts which have collars and slightly arched braces to clasped through purlins; passing braces rise from tie-beam to collar, face halved to queen posts. Collared rafters with wedges at base between rafter feet and wall plate and wedges also at junction of rafters and purlins at which point the rafters are scarf-jointed (the principal rafters are unjointed). Wall plates have trait de Jupiter joints. Collars and passing braces have notched lap joints. There are some carpenters' marks. The timbers are smoke-blackened, this being more heavy at the centre. The 2 left-hand bays were reconstructed in the C17 and are unsooted, having a queen strut truss; lower tier of staggered butt purlins, upper tier of clasped through purlins on collar, and straight wind-braces.

The Benedictine abbey was founded C986. It was ruled from 1226- 57 by Abbess Euphemia who was a prodigious builder and, in view of the probable date of this building, she is likely to have been responsible for its construction.

D K Coldicott, Hampshire Nunneries, pp.116-119, 193. J Reynolds, dissertation on Hampshire barns bed at County Historic Buildings Bureau. VCH, Vol 1, pp.132-3.



9/38 Stable Block (30 yards south of the Priory)


Garages, stores, workshop, etc. Medieval tithe barn to the Priory, with floor inserted C19, on conversion to stables and coachhouse. 7-bay timber roof fixed to solid walls, Queen post: diagonal braces rest on wall posts (partly-embedded in the masonry) carried down to oak corbel brackets. Single through purlins to the tie beams and collars by notched lap joints, curved braces between Queen post and purlins, higher collar. Scarf joints in purlins and wall-plates are stop-splayed, with transverse keys and face-pegs. Externally, the 2-feet thick walls have banded flintwork with brick banding, quoins, and cambered openings. C20 single-storeyed extensions at each end. Tile roof.

Listing NGR: SU3913140918

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National Grid Reference: SU 39177 40671


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