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The Abbot's Porch

A Grade I Listed Building in Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8113 / 50°48'40"N

Longitude: -2.4763 / 2°28'34"W

OS Eastings: 366538

OS Northings: 101410

OS Grid: ST665014

Mapcode National: GBR MW.YBF7

Mapcode Global: FRA 56PY.K2X

Entry Name: The Abbot's Porch

Listing Date: 26 January 1956

Last Amended: 19 November 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1152342

English Heritage Legacy ID: 105385

Location: Cerne Abbas, Dorset, Dorset, DT2

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Cerne Abbas

Built-Up Area: Cerne Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Cerne Abbas St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


11/60 The Abbot's Porch
26.1.56 (formely listed as
Gatehouse at Cerne


Porch to former abbots hall, built under Abbot Thomas Sam
(1497-1509). Ashlar stone walls, with dressed stone masonry
on south face, and brick facing on upper part of east face.
Slate roof. Three storeys, with moulded plinth, diagonal
buttresses with set-offs, and a rebuilt embattled parapet.
Outer entrance has heavily moulded jambs, a 3-centre arch
with a label and beast-stops. Above this is a 2-storeyed
canted oriel supported on moulded corbelling. 3-lights to
front face, one on each return. Cinquefoiled ogee lights
with mouchettes, rebuilt at the front. Standards at corners
supported an angels. Below this a range 2, 4 and 2 shields-
of-arms set in quatrefoils, and similarly between first and
second floor windows. (For the heraldry, see RCHM). The
second floor windows have cinquefoil lights in 4-centred
heads, with bowtells to the mullions. Porch passage has a
damaged fan-vaulted roof with cones springing from moulded
corbels. Much of the box-work destroyed. North cone very
damp. Attached Porter's Lodging, of 2 storeys with a pent
roof. Ground floor is entered by a doorway from the stair-
turret on the east. West wall has a fireplace, and a window
of one light.

(RCHM Dorset I, p77(2)) -

Listing NGR: ST6653701412

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