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Dorset (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SZ 03660 82689



8/86 The Manor House

- II

Country house now used as hotel. Built 1825 as a "marine villa" for the Rt. Hon. George Bankes (Pevsner) and enlarged several times in C19. Roughcast walls, stone slate roof, part gabled, part hipped, of irregular outline and broken by turrets. Plastered stacks, some with stone caps with quatrefoil panels. In picturesque style. Irregular plan. Part one-storey and attic, part 2-storey; part 2-storey and attic. All windows with diamond pattern lead lights. On main entrance front, right-hand section has a projecting canted bay with hipped roof. Single-light windows on ground floor. On first floor, each face has a projecting curved-headed window, under bracketed gables. Left of the bay, on ground floor, flat-roofed porch with oak doors under stone gable with coat of arms. On first floor a gabled window as in the bay. Right of the bay, on ground floor, lean-to projection with 2-light curved headed window. On first floor a gabled window as in the bay. Left of this block, a lower link building with a 3-light curved-headed window on ground floor and, on first floor a gabled window as in the bay. Left of this a taller canted bay, with hipped roof, of 2 storeys and attic. This has, on ground floor, a 3-light mullioned window flanked by cross-pattern mullioned and transomed windows. On first floor, 3 curved-headed mullioned and transomed windows. One hipped dormer in attic. Left of this a circular tower with inset carved traceried panel. Left of this various lower additions, some with lean-to roofs, some with flat roofs,and including lower part of a second tower. Internally, a re-set C18 stair with barley sugar balusters and carved spandrils. Re-set C18 fireplace on first floor. Gothic style plaster vaulted ceiling in one first floor room. Various sections of C17 carved panelling - re-set. A National Trust property. RCHM Monument 16. (Dorset Vol. II). See also Pevsner. "Buildings of England, Dorset".

Listing NGR: SZ0366082689


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Inventory of Dorset, (1970)


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

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Date: 05 Oct 1999
Reference: IOE01/01386/13
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