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Latitude: 51.3893 / 51°23'21"N
Longitude: -2.2393 / 2°14'21"W
OS Eastings: 383446
OS Northings: 165605
OS Grid: ST834656
Mapcode National: GBR 1RS.YF8
Mapcode Global: VH96P.4BJV
Entry Name: Manor Farmhouse
Listing Date: 13 November 1962
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1021854
English Heritage Legacy ID: 314618
Location: South Wraxall, Wiltshire, BA15
Civil Parish: South Wraxall
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: South Wraxall St James
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
ST 86 NW SOUTH WRAXALL -
2/172 Manor Farmhouse
Reputedly a Benedictine hospice to St Audoen, now farmhouse. C14,
altered C17 and late C20. Random rubble stone, stone slate roof
with coped verges and saddle stones. T-plan, 4-bay hall to west of
cross wing. Two-storey, 2-window east front has C20 door with 3-
light ovolo-mullioned casement to left and 3-light C20 mullioned
casement to right. First floor has blocked single light to left
and two 3-light ovolo-mullioned casements to right. Right return
has blocked openings and traces of removed wing. Left return has
3-light cyma-mullioned casement to ground and first floors,
inserted into casement, partially blocked pointed C14 windows with
hoodmould with scroll terminals, two bands of cusped trefoils or
quatrefoils over, possibly reset tracery. Hall range to left has
4-panelled door in partly blocked painted window, hoodmould with
mask terminals, buttress and planked door to left, C20 inserted
mullioned casements. Left return of hall range has C20 buttresses
and single casement, rear has C20 mullioned casements, one
buttress, single-storey extension with C20 added first floor.
Interior: altered C20, but hall range retains three arch-braced
collar trusses with curved wind bracing to lower tier of purlins,
chamfered soffits and heavy scantling; all smoke-blackened,
principal centre truss said to be an upper cruck. East wall of
hall has damaged remains of a tripartite arcade of cinquefoil
cusped pointed arches on slender shafts with moulded capitals,
triangular aedicules, heads of arches are above first floor level
(now removed). It has been suggested that this may represent the
reredos of a chapel altar, but it is more likely to be a reredos to
the dais at upper end of hall. Solar altered and roof no longer
visible, but said to have arch-braced collar rafter roof with
collar purlin on three crown posts on tie-beams, chamfered soffits.
Pointed window to gable end of solar and over door to hall both
have cusped rere arches with triangular heads. Although this is
reputedly a Benedictine hospice with chapel, no firm evidence
exists for this and the building may represent the remains of a C14
manor house, replaced in C15 by the present Manor House (q.v.); no
trace of the service end of the building survives and it is
possible that they were in a separate building.
(VCH, Wiltshire, Vol 7, 1953; WAM, Vol XIV)
Listing NGR: ST8344665605
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