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Wolverton Manor

A Grade I Listed Building in Shorwell, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.64 / 50°38'23"N

Longitude: -1.3609 / 1°21'39"W

OS Eastings: 445285

OS Northings: 82448

OS Grid: SZ452824

Mapcode National: GBR 8C0.YHK

Mapcode Global: FRA 871C.TX3

Plus Code: 9C2WJJQQ+XJ

Entry Name: Wolverton Manor

Listing Date: 21 July 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1292659

English Heritage Legacy ID: 393218

ID on this website: 101292659

Location: Shorwell, Isle of Wight, PO30

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Shorwell

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Shorwell with Kingston St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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1354-0/9/340 Wolverton Manor


Large manor house. Late C16 built by Sir John Dingley,
completed in reign of James I, with C18 alterations. Main
front faces south east and is E-shaped. Built of ironstone
ashlar with Portland stone dressings. Moulded stone bands
between floors and plinth. Tiled roof with 5 lower courses of
stone slates. 3 brick chimneystacks. 2 storeys basement and
attics in gable end. Centre part has 5 windows with central
porch of 2 storeys which does not quite reach the parapet
built of Portland stone with octagonal angle columns, cornice
above each floor and 4 centred arched doorway with carved
spandrels, 8 panelled wooden door behind and recessed diamond
panel above this and 1 3-light casement window. 2 mullioned
and transomed stone windows to north of 2 tiers of 3 lights. 2
12-pane sash windows to south in stone surrounds. The
projecting wings have gables over with attic windows elaborate
kneelers and stone coping. The north wing has 1 casement
window facing east but ground floor has diamond-shaped blank
with elaborate carving at corners. Inner face of north wing
has 2 casement windows. North side has massive iron- stone
external chimneybreast with 2 diagonally-placed brick stacks.
1 gable and 4 mullioned windows. The south wing has one 6-pane
sash to attic and 2 12-pane sashes to other fronts. South wall
has similar ironstone external chimneybreast with 2 diagonally
placed brick stacks, 1 sash with keystone and gable with
double mullioned window to attic. West front has central 2
storey projection with blocked C18 Venetian window. This was
intended to contain a staircase leading off the Great Hall
which was never built and became a brewhouse open to the roof.
To the right of this are 3 12-pane sash windows (one double on
1st floor) and one mullioned and transomed casement and 4
centred stone doorcase. To left casement windows and massive
external ironstone chimneybreast with 2 diagonally placed
brick stacks and diagonal buttress. Main hall has 4 centred
arched stone fireplace with shield and foliage in spandrels
and early C17 panelling. The Billiard Room has an identical
stone fireplace. South wing has an extremely fine Chinese
Chippendale staircase with fretwork balustrading, scrolled
tread ends and corner posts with quatrefoil design top and
detachable urn finials. C18 doorcase with Greek key design.
North wing has Jacobean solid well staircase, the centre with
square framing and with brick stairs. Cellar has probable
smuggler's hide plastered over. One 1st floor bedroom has
early C17 panelling and a scrolled overmantel and stone 4
centred arched fireplace with paterae in spandrels. Another
room has a Bath stone 4 centred arched fireplace with paterae
to each spandrel and stone over- mantel. North wing has room
with 1st floor stone fireplace with blank spandrels. At time
of survey the Billiard room early C17 overmantel with 2 male
and 2 female curved caryatids and the Great Chamber
over-mantel. with 4 caryatids, pilasters and the arms of Sir
John Dingley impaling Hammond were undergoing restoration in
another part of the house. Wolverton was one of the original
Domesday Manors and the present house replaced an earlier
moated dwelling to the north.
(V.C.H.: 288; Pevsner: 771; C W R Winter: The Manor Houses of
the Isle of--Wight: 165 - 168).

Listing NGR: SZ4528582448

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