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Latitude: 50.8516 / 50°51'5"N
Longitude: -2.6036 / 2°36'13"W
OS Eastings: 357604
OS Northings: 105965
OS Grid: ST576059
Mapcode National: GBR MQ.VN5Y
Mapcode Global: FRA 56FV.9J7
Entry Name: The Turret
Listing Date: 2 June 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1154965
English Heritage Legacy ID: 105868
Location: Melbury Sampford, West Dorset, Dorset, DT2
District: West Dorset
Civil Parish: Melbury Sampford
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Melbury Osmund with Melbury Sampford St Osmund
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
ST 50 NE MELBURY HOUSE
2/120 The Turret
Garden-House free-standing. c.C16, with C18 additions in Gothick style.
Coursed rubble-stone with ashlar dressings. Hexagonal building, with
plinth-mould, moulded string and embattled parapet with crocketed pinnacles
at the angles. The entrance, on the south face, has a depressed-ogee moulded
arch, springing from slender clustered jamb-shafts with crocketed terminals.
Over it is a traceried panel in two heights. Interior: of one stage, has
a semi-circular niche opposite the entrance, with round head under an ogee
label. The hexagonal ceiling is ogee-shaped with moulded angle-ribs, and
is painted with shields of arms. On his 1762 visit to Melbury, Horace Walpole
mentions the new decoration of shields of arms inside. The building is
hexagonal, not octagonal.
(RCHM. Dorset I, p.167(2))
Listing NGR: ST5763405986
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