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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: 1110242



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

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Fontmell Magna

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 24-Jun-1985

Date of most recent amendment: 28-Jul-1986

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 103130

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shall be ammended to read:


------------------------------------ ST 81 NE FONTWELL MAGNA

2/42 Springhead


House, pair of attached cottages and attached mill house at right angle, now a house and rural resource centre. House appears late C18, cottages early C19 and mill early C19. Linking range between house and mill early C20. Mill by Samuel Bishop. Whitewashed brick walls. House and cottage have thatched roofs, mill has half-hipped tiled roof. Brick stacks to ends of original range and part way along roofs of-cottages. House 2 storeys, cottages one and a half storeys, mill 2 storeys and attics. Original range symmetrical. 3 bays. 2-light casements with leaded-lights, those to the ground floor under stone lintels with keystones. Door was probably central originally, it is now in a later addition to the right. Cottages have a 5-window range. Saw-tooth brick band below dormers. 2-light casements under segmental heads to ground floor, probably original 3-light casements with leaded-lights in dormers. C20 glazed doors left and near centre. Mill has irregular fenestration with casements with glazing-bars. To the right gable wall is a C20 canted bay. Subsequently to its closure as a mill (1881) the building has been used as a factory for the making of bottle-stopping machines and the manu- facture of cheese. During the C20 Springhead became the home of Rolf Gardiner whose pioneer work in ecological conservation, organic farming and environmental philo- sophy are perpetuated in the work of the Springhead Trust. (RCHM, Dorset, Vol IV, p 26, no 31. Brocklebank, Joan 'Springhead, Fontmell Magna: some Historical Notes', 1982.)

Listing NGR: ST8732616910

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1972), 31
Brocklebank, Joan , Springhead Fontmell Magne some Historical Notes, 1982,

National Grid Reference: ST 87326 16910


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