Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:


Ordnance survey map of CRICHEL HOUSE
© Crown Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1120155 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 16-Sep-2019 at 09:06:47.


Statutory Address:

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

East Dorset (District Authority)
Moor Crichel
National Grid Reference:
ST 99429 08324



8/63 Crichel House 18.3.55 GV I

Country house, 1743, extensive enlargement c.1770 with further additions and alterations of the C19 and C20. Original house for Sir William Napier, late C18 work for Humphrey Sturt. Some C19 work by Burn and McVicar Anderson (Newman and Pevsner). Some interior decoration probably by James Wyatt. Rendered brickwork with ashlar dressings and slate and lead roofs. On plan the earliest house is nearly encased in later additions. Main entrance is now to the west front. 3 storeys and attics. The south front to the park is symmetrical of 11 bays 3:5:3 with pedimented central piece. 12-pane sashes in moulded ashlar architraves. Rusticated basement storey. Recessed central portico with Ionic columns, pilasters to the third storey above. The outer bays have large Palladian windows to the lower storey. Part of the original house visible behind portico - upper floor to centre window has scrolled cheekpieces and is above a pedimented ground floor doorway. East front is symmetrical of 7 bay 2:3:2 with centre pediment. General detailing similar to the south front; central pedimented Palladian doorway with Palladian window over. West front has C19 single storey portico. To the ground floor right are 2 large Palladian windows. Other windows are 12-pane sashes with moulded architraves. Some parts of the earlier house are exposed. The north facade was largely refaced after a Victorian service wing was demolished (Newman and Pevsner).

Interior features (access to interior not possible, information based on RCHM and Newman and Pevsner): partly in a Kentian style, partly in the neo- classical style of James Wyatt; some of the earlier work may be by the Bastards of Blandford Forum; many Kentian and neo-classical chimney pieces; fine early to mid C18 staircase; dining room and drawing room with imposing neo-classical plasterwork ceilings and decoration; many other high quality Georgian details. (RCHM, Dorset, vol V, p 41-4, no. 2. Newman, J and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p 298-9).

Listing NGR: ST9942908324


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

Legacy System number:
Legacy System:


Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1975), 41-44
Pevsner, N, Newman, J, The Buildings of England: Dorset, (1972), 298-299
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 12 Dorset,


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

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].