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Cerne Abbey

A Grade I Listed Building in Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8108 / 50°48'38"N

Longitude: -2.4764 / 2°28'35"W

OS Eastings: 366530

OS Northings: 101356

OS Grid: ST665013

Mapcode National: GBR MW.YBDB

Mapcode Global: FRA 56PY.K21

Plus Code: 9C2VRG6F+8C

Entry Name: Cerne Abbey

Listing Date: 26 January 1956

Last Amended: 19 November 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1323849

English Heritage Legacy ID: 105383

Location: Cerne Abbas, Dorset, DT2

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Cerne Abbas

Built-Up Area: Cerne Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Cerne Abbas St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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11/58 Cerne Abbey, (formerly
26.1.56 listed as Abbey House).


Private House, on site of, and incorporating parts of late
medieval monastic gatehouse. C15 fragments, (front gate-
arch buttress, side entrance to porter's lodge), remainder
burnt mid C18, and almost entirely rebuilt late C18 onwards.
Knapped flint and banded stone walls, part of C15 chamfered
arch to gateway exposed in south wing (former gateway), C15
buttress with set-offs immediately left of this. Stone slate
roof with gable ends, and 3 gables to front, all with ball-
finials. Stone stacks with moulded cornices, C18, at main
gable-ends, and on ridge, west of centre. Two storeys and
attics, irregular fenestration to south elevation of stone
mullion windows, hollow-chamfered, with separate labels over;
C20 metal casements throughout. The south wing windows: 4-
light, transomed with pointed arches in a square head,
separate label over. First floor: Venetian-type window, with
a transom and Y-tracery to centre lights. Separate label over,
returned. Front door with jambs, imposts and round head in
C17 style, c C19. Door with straps and panels, c C19. Door
(inner), on north wall, with moulded jambs and depressed-arch
head, C16. North-west wing: formerly cow-house, then servant's
quarters, Slate roof. 1½ storeys. 5 windows, 2-light C20
stone mullions, with labels over. C20 metal casements with
lead lights. Plank door at centre. Interior: South wing,
rebate of gateway jamb with 2 iron hinge-pins in situ, part of
depressed-arch head. Small doorway to presumed lodge visible
in west wall, with stone jambs and segmental-pointed head.
East room: stone fireplace with bracketed mouldings, and
square moulded head. Three main stone panels over, the outer
2 with quatrefoils in lozenges, central panel with I.V. monogram
and mitre over, for Abbot John Vanne 1458-70, above this level
a moulded cornice with 8 carved paterae, of conventional form.

(RCHM Dorset I, p79(3))

Listing NGR: ST6655601263

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