Other Interesting Medieval Houses
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
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)
TROWBRIDGE and WESTBURY near Southwick and
Heywood at the end of a minor road which goes
right up to the buildings, through a shallow
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 Wiltshires 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
its management. They are looking for a
partner to purchase the building, after
completion of the work, for one of a variety of
King Johns1 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
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
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
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
There is another good timber
framed house next door.
Talboys OS.173 (ST919580)
TROWBRIDGE and DEVIZES in the village of Keevil
to the West side and can be seen from the
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.
term King Johns 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.
Manor Houses in Wiltshire A-M
Houses in Wiltshire N-Z
Properties with Medieval Origins
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