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Other Interesting Medieval Houses and Buildings
in Wiltshire
By Michael Ford


This section attempts to select the best medieval buildings in Wiltshire which fall outside the Manor House banner as well as being easily seen.

Barton Farm OS.173 (ST824604)

In BRADFORD-ON-AVON to the South.

This was a Grange of Shaftesbury Abbey. The house presumably originates from the 14c/15c but generally its structure is a mixture of times. It has a good porch and an attached gatehouse.

There is fine 14c tithe barn which may be visited at any time as it is owned by English Heritage. This is a stone building with a slate roof having a wood beamed interior. It is 168ft long. Near it is a 15c, two storied, Granary of particular note.

Brook House OS.183 (ST851535)

Between TROWBRIDGE and WESTBURY near Southwick and Heywood at the end of a minor road which goes right up to the buildings, through a shallow ford.

The building range in front of the 17c farmhouse is an early 16c lodging, ‘Brook Hall’, of two storeys and built of stone. It was used to accommodate guests and retainers and had stabling below with chambers above. This is Wiltshire’s best example of a medieval lodging. It will hopefully be repaired and preserved in the near future now that the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust has taken over it’s management. They are looking for a partner to purchase the building, after completion of the work, for one of a variety of possible uses.

King John’s1 Hunting Lodge OS.173 (ST917686)

Between CHIPPENHAM and MELKSHAM in Lacock near the Church.

The 14c building is now a tearoom thus allowing access. Inside there is a heavy wooden doorway of note. This would have been a house of high status.

Little Clarendon OS.184 (SU015315)

West of SALISBURY and WILTON in the village of Dinton.

The house was built of stone in the late 15c and must have been the home of a well to do local family. It is gabled and has a two storeyed porch.

The property is owned by the National Trust and the ground floor is open for viewing.

Henry Hayter was the owner from 1697 and his family stayed there for around one hundred years. The lease was then sold to a John Barnes and remained with this family and their descendants, the Alexanders, until 1882. When the house was bought by the Rev. George Engleheart in 1901 the house was in a ‘dreadful state’. He set about its restoration with his wife and they moved in a year later. Today it is exactly as it was then.

Place Farm OS.184 (ST951299)

North East of SHAFTESBURY in Tisbury to the West.

The whole is a superb group of picturesque buildings from the 14c and 15c, the survival of a Grange of Shaftesbury Nunnery. All can be admired from the road with an excellent view.

There is a fine outer gatehouse through which can be seen an inner gatehouse and the farmhouse. To the side is the largest barn in England, nearly 200ft long. A thatched roof replaces the original stone one. The walls are of stone.

Porch House OS.173 (ST995581)

South West of DEVIZES in the centre of the village of Potterne. It borders straight onto the main street unfortunately close to the traffic.

This is one of the best 15c timber framed houses in England. The framing is of the close vertical type.

The hall, roof, the overall roofing and the windows, some with stained glass, are all original. The house is magnificent and can be considered to be a high status house.

The house was restored for George Richmond, the painter, in 1876.

Excavations in the grounds in 1962 found traces of a timber building which is thought to be the remains of a wooden church from Anglo-Saxon times. If so it has no precedent in England.

There is another good timber framed house next door.

Talboys OS.173 (ST919580)

Between TROWBRIDGE and DEVIZES in the village of Keevil to the West side and can be seen from the roadside.

The house is timber framed of the early 15c and was lived in by the gentry. The inside shows a mass of wood beaming with fine carving on oak bosses. This is a hall house and its roof and gallery are original.

Talboys is currently for sale.

Notes

1. The term ‘King John’s House etc.’ generally bears no connection with King John himself, it is just a name given to any ancient structure where little is known of its history.

Medieval Manor Houses in Wiltshire A-M
Medieval Manor Houses in Wiltshire N-Z
Other Properties with Medieval Origins


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