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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: 1345069



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

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sharpham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 26-Nov-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 13-Jan-1986

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 267774

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SHARPHAM CP SHARPHAM DROVE (West side) SHARPHAM PARK ST43NE Abbots Sharpham and Sharpham Park Farmhouse - (previously listed as Sharpham Park Farmhouse Street) 26.11.66


(Marked on O.S. Map as Sharpham Park Farm). Monastic dwelling, subsequently a country house, later a farmhouse; now divided into 2 dwellings with an attached range of outbuildings. Probably C15, though some C16 and much C18 and C19 alteration. Coursed and squared rubble, predominantly roughcast to the entrance elevation, slate and pantile roofs in several sections of varying pitch, coped verges and copings at roof divisions; 2 pennants, one with cut lettering:- "D.G. 1733", the other:- "C.T. 1917". Irregular plan; 3 storeys and 2 storeys and attic stepped down to 2 storeys and again to a range of single-storey outbuildings, the whole forming an L-shaped entrance frontage; main part of 2:1:1:1:1 bays, outer bays stepped back from centre; 4, 12 and 16-pane sash windows with glazing bars; fifth bay with a three-quarter glazed door in a C18 stone doorcase with a triangular pediment. Principal door opening to fourth bay in a projecting gabled porch; restored dressed stone doorcase with a 4-centred head, slab hood on stone brackets, plank door with elaborate scrolled medieval hinges. Outbuilding wing to left with a 4-light moulded stone mullioned windows with iron stanchions; further 2 and 3-light casements. Rear elevation with some chamfered 2 and 3-light stone-mullioned windows, cast- iron casements with diamond-paned lights. Inset in the walls in various places are a number of carved freestone panels bearing heraldic devices and badges including a bishops mitre and a portcullis which may have been reused from a demolished chapel attached to the west side of the house. Interior of Sharpham Park Farmhouse with some exposed ceiling beams; interior of Abbots Sharpham with fireplace in a broad dressed stone surround, straight flight stairs with C17 balusters, 2 blocked diamond-mullioned windows, panelled room to first floor with a mixture of re-used C17 and C18 panelling including a stud and panel screen. The house where Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury, was arrested before his execution on Glastonbury Tor. Birthplace of Sir Edward Dyer (died 1607) an Elizabethan poet and courtier; and of the writer Henry Fielding (1707-1754). (Illustrated London News, August 24, 1850; VAG Report, unpublished SRO, August 1978, Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, (1958)
'Illustrated London News' in 24 August, (1850)
'Vernacular Architecture Group Report' in August, (1978)

National Grid Reference: ST 46690 37428


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