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Latitude: 50.9333 / 50°55'59"N
Longitude: -2.3705 / 2°22'13"W
OS Eastings: 374058
OS Northings: 114936
OS Grid: ST740149
Mapcode National: GBR 0WX.FHH
Mapcode Global: FRA 56XM.Y0X
Entry Name: Thornhill House
Listing Date: 4 October 1960
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1324460
English Heritage Legacy ID: 102372
Location: Stalbridge, North Dorset, Dorset, DT10
District: North Dorset
Civil Parish: Stalbridge
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Stalbridge St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
ST 71 SW STALBRIDGE THORNHILL
3/57 Thornhill House
Country House, c1730, with late C18 and C19 alterations. For the painter
Thornhill, probably by himself. Rendered with ashlar dressings, hipped stone
slate roof. 2 storeys and attic. North facade: 'Palladian', symmetrical,
1:3:1. All windows are wooden sashes with glazing bars. Central 3 bays project
slightly and have rusticated quoins and a pediment. The central doorway has a
rusticated surround with a large keystone. Above is a flat entablature supported
on consoles. The central bay on the first floor has a large round headed window
flanked by Doric pilasters supporting a moulded archivolt with keystone. Bays
2 and 4 have swags of drapery above the upper floor windows. There are rectangular
panels above the upper floor windows in bays 1 and 5 and the pediment contains a
bull's eye window. The eaves are overhanging and have a moulded cornice. The east
facade is of 7 bays with ashlar quoins and a projecting C19 central bay, which is
of squared dressed stone. 1:2:1:2:1. Bays 1, 4 and 7 project from the facade
presenting hipped gables to the front. At ground floor level bays 1 and 7 have wooden
sashes with glazing bars under segmental arches with stone labels. Bays 2, 3,
5 and 6 have C19 'Tudor perpendicular' 3-light stone mullioned windows with hollow
chamfers. On the first floor all windows except bays 4 and 5 have wooden sashes
with glazing bars in moulded ashlar surrounds with square stone labels. Bay 5
has a C20 casement window with no glazing bars. The central bay has a mullioned
and transomed ashlar stone window with horizontal glazing bars in a moulded ashlar
surround with a square label. Above each bay is a C19 hipped dormer with 3-light
wooden casements with glazing bars. The central double plank door is set under
a 4-centred ashlar arch and has moulded ashlar surrounds and a square label.
Internally the house is much altered, the staircase and stair hall being additions.
The first floor library has a c1730 wooden fireplace with caryatid jambs possibly
designed by Thornhill himself. Some rooms have moulded skirtings, dado rails and
cornices and there are some late C 18 features including a door and fireplaces.
'RCHM, Dorset, Vol III', HMSO, 1970, p249-50, no.3.
Listing NGR: ST7405814936
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