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The Dower House

A Grade II Listed Building in Dowlish Wake, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9109 / 50°54'39"N

Longitude: -2.8887 / 2°53'19"W

OS Eastings: 337612

OS Northings: 112760

OS Grid: ST376127

Mapcode National: GBR MB.QV9V

Mapcode Global: FRA 46VP.LFS

Plus Code: 9C2VW466+9G

Entry Name: The Dower House

Listing Date: 4 February 1958

Last Amended: 13 November 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1177399

English Heritage Legacy ID: 262165

Location: Dowlish Wake, South Somerset, Somerset, TA19

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Dowlish Wake

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Dowlishwake

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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2/33 The Dower House
(formerly listed is Lower Farm
House and range of Barns at Lower


Detached house. Dated 1664. Ham stone cut and squared in diminishing depth of courses, ashlar tressings; thatched roof
with stepped coped west gable and hipped on east return; brick chimney stacks. 'L'-plan; 2 storey, 4
Hollow-chamfrer mullioned windows in wave-mould recesses, the lower windows with labels, first floor windows of 4, 4, 4
and 3 lights, those to bays 3 and 4 being restorations; to ground floor a 5-light spanning bays 1/2, then a 4- and a
3 light: to lower bay 2 a C20 boarded door in plain opening; between the windows to upper bays l/2 a datestone with
billet-mould frame inscribed 'M/WC/1664'. West gable has a 3-light mullioned window with label to first floor, with a
small extension to the north-west corner. A longer extension from the north-east corner has one 2-light window without
label, and then joins onto two farm buildings. Inside, the roof frame has closed collar trusses with wattle and daub
infill: two cambered fireplaces, the ground floor example mutilated, otherwise the interior considerably modified. The
house was leased to female members of the Speke family during the later C18, hence +he name. (VCH Somerset, Vol IV,
l978, pl52; VAG Report, unpublished SRO, l975).

Listing NGR: ST3761212760

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