Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1221178

Date first listed: 12-Jun-1953

Statutory Address: PARNHAM HOUSE


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Statutory Address: PARNHAM HOUSE

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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Beaminster

National Grid Reference: ST 47513 00284


BEAMINSTER PARNHAM ST 40 SE 12.6.53 4/125 Parnham House GV I

Country House. Mid C16 core, with C17 north-west service wing, 1810 Nash refashioning and extension, and later modifications. Ashlar lias stone walls, stone slate and lead roofs. East elevation: crenellated parapet, octagonal stone chimneys with moulded cornices, grouped in twos, with clusters of threes by Nash at front eaves. 2 1/2 - 3 storeys, 9 - 10 bays wide. Irregular E-plan house. South east gable projects furthest, with 6-light canted oriel to ground and first floors. 3-light attic window over. Diagonal buttresses by Nash. South east staircase, one bay,with 2- and 3-light stone mullions, ground floor one by Nash. All hollow- chamfered with 4-centred heads. Hall now of 3 bays, formerly 2 with 4- light transomed mullions with a continuous string over. Stone stack, at first floor level, inserted by Nash, gabled with 3 chimneys over. Projecting porch at centre with 2 storey canted oriel over. Gabled with Nash pinacles. Oriel is a 3-lighter with single-light cants. Iron casements with lead lights and tension-bars. North east projecting staircase bay abuts porch, one bay, also 3 storeys. Single bay with 4-light mullions. Finally, projecting north east gable 3 1/2 storeys. 6-light stone mullions with 4- centred heads and a single returned label. Nash pinacles to gable. South front: modified by Nash, viz: 3-lighters cross-transomed and lowered. Canted oriel added to bay 2. One window with 2 transoms. Nash buttresses between each bay, and pinnacling. West front: Dining Room added by Nash of 3 bays and 2 storeys, with cross-transomed mullions. North west service- wing, L-shaped, 2 storeys with crenellated parapet over; refenestrated by Nash. Interior: Great Hall, Screen of c.1600, with 3 ranges of panels finished with a moulded and embattled cornice. Doorway has jamb-shafts and a 4-centred head. Fireplace, C20, but incorporating C15 screen material. East windows contain 8 mid C16 shields-of-arms. South east staircase, early C17, rearranged enriched square newels with pierced finials, turned balusters, and moulded handrail. Upper landing crosses full width of stairwell. North east staircase early C18, walls lined with C17 panelling. Oak Room, lined with C16 linen-fold panelling, possibly from West Hawsley Place. Windows have a series of 7 Dutch roundels with heraldry and figure-subjects, mainly from mid C17. Dining Room: 4-centred stone fireplace with strapwork over mantel and rouble-cornice. Plasterwork in C17 style, inserted C20 by Hans Sauer. House contains much re-set panelling and fireplaces, C17. C18 door surrounds to Drawing Room and Library, C20 plasterwork ceilings inserted by Sauer. Sources: R.C.H.M. Dorset I, p 21 (5) ff. R. Hine, History of Beaminster, pp 334-347. A. Oswald Country Houses of Dorset, pp 58-60.

Listing NGR: ST4751300284


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

Legacy System number: 394801

Legacy System: LBS


Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset I West, (1952), 21
Hine, R, History of Beaminster, (1914), 334-347
Oswald, A, Country Houses of Dorset, (1935), 58-60
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 12 Dorset,

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