History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Higher Melcombe House with Attached Chapel

A Grade I Listed Building in Melcombe Horsey, Dorset

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 50.8207 / 50°49'14"N

Longitude: -2.3571 / 2°21'25"W

OS Eastings: 374944

OS Northings: 102412

OS Grid: ST749024

Mapcode National: GBR 0Y8.JWV

Mapcode Global: FRA 56YX.PKJ

Entry Name: Higher Melcombe House with Attached Chapel

Listing Date: 26 January 1956

Last Amended: 21 May 1984

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1152413

English Heritage Legacy ID: 104883

Location: Melcombe Horsey, West Dorset, Dorset, DT2

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Melcombe Horsey

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Melcombe Horsey St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Find accommodation in

Listing Text


9/153 26-1-56 Higher Melcombe House
with attached chapel
(formerly listed as
Melcombe Horsey House)

- I

Country House with attached chapel, possibly C15 origin with C16, C17,
C18, and C19 additions and alterations. Chapel C17. C16 work for
Sir John Horsey. Chapel for Sir Thomas Freke. Walls of banded flint
and ashlar and render, roofs of slate with stone slate verges and
gable ends. Various stacks. L-plan, chapel forming northern arm.
2 storeys. Varied fenestration, partially C17 square-headed, stone
mullioned windows with returned labels.and C19 sashes and casements
including an eastern canted bay. To the south the chapel has 2 windows
each consisting of 3 lancets under 2-centred heads with returned labels.
Between is a doorway with a chamfered, segmental-pointed head, continuous
jambs and a stopped label. North chapel windows much altered but basic
form is of 2-light 'perpendicular' tracery windows under 2-centred
heads with returned labels. C17 stone bell-cote. Internal features
(RCHM): Chapel has wagon roof of 8 bays with moulded ribs with foliate
bosses and painted emblems,(it was originally plastered); early Cl8
staircase with cut strings, twisted balusters and moulded handrails;
walls with bolection-moulded panelling dadoes; cellar with possible
C15 doorway; drawing room fireplace with chamfered elliptical head
and continuous jambs; various C17 fireplaces; chamber over drawing
room has elaborate early C17 panelling and chimney piece together with
a rich plaster ceiling of the early Cl7 with ribs and plants in relief;
another chamber has a simpler plaster ceiling; C15 and C17 panelling.
RCHM, Dorset, vol III, pp 168-170, no 3. Newman J and Pevsner N,
The Buildings of England; Dorset, Penguin, 1972, p 281-2.

Listing NGR: ST7493902407

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Selected Sources

Source links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.