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Whistley House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Potterne, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3323 / 51°19'56"N

Longitude: -2.0186 / 2°1'6"W

OS Eastings: 398799

OS Northings: 159244

OS Grid: ST987592

Mapcode National: GBR 2V6.DGD

Mapcode Global: VHB4F.YSP1

Plus Code: 9C3V8XJJ+WH

Entry Name: Whistley House

Listing Date: 19 March 1962

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1243109

English Heritage Legacy ID: 446640

Location: Potterne, Wiltshire, SN10

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Potterne

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

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7/175 Whistley House

Small country house, built c1730 for the Kent family, on site and
incorporating fragments of an earlier building. Red brick with
ashlar dressings and Bridgwater tile hipped valley roof with ball-
finials to front hips. Two centre stacks. Square plan with
projecting rear wing and long range to east. Main range is 2-
storey-and-attic with formal 5-window front, but a fragment of
timber framing in rear wall and a length of moulded plinth in the
cellar spine wall suggest that the rear north-east corner of the
square plan incorporates an earlier building and the north-west
corner, though similar in detail to the main front is added
slightly later. Front has 2 gabled dormers with ball-finials and
segment-headed 9-pane windows. Raised moulded stone plinth,
ashlar rusticated quoins, moulded string and moulded coved cornice.
Segment-headed 12-pane sashes in ashlar raised moulded surrounds.
Centre 8-panel door in segment-headed raised moulded surround with
large broken curved pediment over on scroll brackets. Above, a
small arched headed window in heavily moulded frame, said to have
been altered or inserted c1940. Right side wall has 2-light
basement window. Left side has 2-window range of blank windows
with gauged brick heads and flush keystones, one, to ground floor
left, opened up for C20 sash. Rear has door in flush moulded
surround and 12-pane sash to each floor to right. Rear wing in
red brick with hipped valley roof, the ground floor canted in for
access to main rear door. Long north-east 2-storey range with
half-hipped roof and ridge stack over a straight joint. Windows
mostly C20 metal casements, but some cambered-head timber
casements. The further end has thicker walls and may be C18, the
nearer end possibly a later rebuilding of a timber-frame structure.
Interior: fielded panelled room to ground floor south-east with
pilasters and shell cupboard. Centre hall has heavily scrolled
timber stair arch. Dog-leg stair with turned balusters, moulded
rail and panelled dado. First floor rooms have early to mid C18
fireplaces and some panelling. Changes of level at rear north-
east, ground floor timber-lintel fireplace and chamfered spine beam
may represent part of a C17 house.
Whistley House was held by the Kent family from c1620 to 1800 and
known as Butchers in C17 and C18. Inventories survive for 1704
and 1719 but house was probably rebuilt for Henry Kent c1730.
(Wiltshire Buildings Record)

Listing NGR: ST9879959244

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