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Statutory Address:

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

Dorset (Unitary Authority)
Cerne Abbas
National Grid Reference:
ST 66530 01355



11/58 Cerne Abbey, (formerly 26.1.56 listed as Abbey House).


Private House, on site of, and incorporating parts of late medieval monastic gatehouse. C15 fragments, (front gate- arch buttress, side entrance to porter's lodge), remainder burnt mid C18, and almost entirely rebuilt late C18 onwards. Knapped flint and banded stone walls, part of C15 chamfered arch to gateway exposed in south wing (former gateway), C15 buttress with set-offs immediately left of this. Stone slate roof with gable ends, and 3 gables to front, all with ball- finials. Stone stacks with moulded cornices, C18, at main gable-ends, and on ridge, west of centre. Two storeys and attics, irregular fenestration to south elevation of stone mullion windows, hollow-chamfered, with separate labels over; C20 metal casements throughout. The south wing windows: 4- light, transomed with pointed arches in a square head, separate label over. First floor: Venetian-type window, with a transom and Y-tracery to centre lights. Separate label over, returned. Front door with jambs, imposts and round head in C17 style, c C19. Door with straps and panels, c C19. Door (inner), on north wall, with moulded jambs and depressed-arch head, C16. North-west wing: formerly cow-house, then servant's quarters, Slate roof. 1½ storeys. 5 windows, 2-light C20 stone mullions, with labels over. C20 metal casements with lead lights. Plank door at centre. Interior: South wing, rebate of gateway jamb with 2 iron hinge-pins in situ, part of depressed-arch head. Small doorway to presumed lodge visible in west wall, with stone jambs and segmental-pointed head. East room: stone fireplace with bracketed mouldings, and square moulded head. Three main stone panels over, the outer 2 with quatrefoils in lozenges, central panel with I.V. monogram and mitre over, for Abbot John Vanne 1458-70, above this level a moulded cornice with 8 carved paterae, of conventional form.

(RCHM Dorset I, p79(3))

Listing NGR: ST6655601263


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Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1974), 79
Inventory of Dorset, (1974)


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: 29 Jun 2002
Reference: IOE01/07283/26
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr JE Leeson. Source Historic England Archive
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