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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: 1152342



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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Cerne Abbas

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 26-Jan-1956

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Nov-1985

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 105385

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11/60 The Abbot's Porch 26.1.56 (formely listed as Gatehouse at Cerne Abbey).


Porch to former abbots hall, built under Abbot Thomas Sam (1497-1509). Ashlar stone walls, with dressed stone masonry on south face, and brick facing on upper part of east face. Slate roof. Three storeys, with moulded plinth, diagonal buttresses with set-offs, and a rebuilt embattled parapet. Outer entrance has heavily moulded jambs, a 3-centre arch with a label and beast-stops. Above this is a 2-storeyed canted oriel supported on moulded corbelling. 3-lights to front face, one on each return. Cinquefoiled ogee lights with mouchettes, rebuilt at the front. Standards at corners supported an angels. Below this a range 2, 4 and 2 shields- of-arms set in quatrefoils, and similarly between first and second floor windows. (For the heraldry, see RCHM). The second floor windows have cinquefoil lights in 4-centred heads, with bowtells to the mullions. Porch passage has a damaged fan-vaulted roof with cones springing from moulded corbels. Much of the box-work destroyed. North cone very damp. Attached Porter's Lodging, of 2 storeys with a pent roof. Ground floor is entered by a doorway from the stair- turret on the east. West wall has a fireplace, and a window of one light.

(RCHM Dorset I, p77(2)) -

Listing NGR: ST6653701412

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1974), 77

National Grid Reference: ST 66538 01409


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