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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: 1292159



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District: Isle of Wight

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Arreton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 21-Jul-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 392652

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SZ58NW MERSTONE 1353-0/2/53 Merstone Manor 21/07/51 II*

House, formerly manor house. Built by Edward Cheke in 1605, restored 1895. Red brick in English bond with stone dressings but stone rear elevation and C19 tiled roof. E-plan house of 2 storeys and attics, 5 windows. Stone stringcourse forming dripmould over ground floor windows. Deep stone plinth. Ashlar quoins. Projecting wings have gables with stone coping and finial and ball finials to kneelers. Most windows are casement windows with 4 or 5-light stone mullions and transoms. Projecting wings have on ground and first floors, c.1895 2 storey bays. Central projecting 2 storey porch having pediment with dates 1605 and 1895. Stone doorway with obtusely pointed head and dripstone over with shields and spandrels. Rear elevation of stone with 5 mullioned windows. Lounge has stone four centred arched fireplace and very fine oak overmantel with 2 herms and female figures with cornucopiae, strutwork motifs and marquetry inlay and fluted Ionic pilasters. There are 2 further early C17 overmantels in this room removed from the 1st floor at the time of the alterations in 1895. On the left side is one with 2 herms and a female figure in attitudes of prayer with Lions head masks and fluted pilasters. The third over-mantel in the centre of the room has a frieze with accoutrements of war, strapwork panels with central Tudor roses and elaborate pilasters. The room has elaborate plank and muntin panelling with frieze and concealed cupboard with cock's head hinges. Sitting Room has a four centred arched stone fireplace. One of the original Domesday manors, recorded as having been held by Brictuin as a tenant of the King in the time of Edward the Confessor. By 1086 it was held by the Norman baron William FitzStur and passed through the hands of the de Insulas and the de Clamorgans before coming into the hands of the Cheke family of Mottistone in the middle of the C16. The builder of the present house Edward Cheke was married to the sister of Sir John Oglander of Nunwell, the diarist. Unusual for the isle of Wight in being brick rather than stone. (B.O.E Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: 731; C W R Winter: The Manor Houses of the Isle of Wight: 99 - 101; V C H: 145 & 146).

Listing NGR: SZ5214485437

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, AH, The Victoria History of the County of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1912), 145, 146
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1967), 731
Winter, CWR , The Manor Houses of the Isle of Wight99-101

National Grid Reference: SZ 52144 85437


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