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The Dower House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ombersley, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.2713 / 52°16'16"N

Longitude: -2.23 / 2°13'47"W

OS Eastings: 384404

OS Northings: 263705

OS Grid: SO844637

Mapcode National: GBR 1F5.F25

Mapcode Global: VH92F.95GN

Entry Name: The Dower House

Listing Date: 29 December 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1350202

English Heritage Legacy ID: 148013

Location: Ombersley, Wychavon, Worcestershire, WR9

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon

Civil Parish: Ombersley

Built-Up Area: Ombersley

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Ombersley

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Listing Text


9/118 The Dower House


House. Early C17 with mid-C19 alterations. Timber-framed with rendered
infill, plain tiled roof with moulded gable end finials, now of four
panelled square stacks with combined cap to right of main ridge and
also brick chimney to rear left with paired brick shafts and combined cap.
Main range of three framed bays with lobby-entry; two-framed bay cross-
wing at right gable end. Two storeys and attic. Framing: three small
square panels to each floor, long straight braces in lower corners of
first floor and double collar-and-tie-beam trusses in gable ends with
queen struts and V-struts in apex; jettied bay on three shaped brackets
to rear of "hall". Front elevation: plank weatherings between storeys;
ground floor has two mullioned 3-light windows with transoms, and a
rectangular light; first floor has two 3-light casements, a 2-light case-
ment and a square light; main entrance in third bay has a ledged and
battened door with large trap hinges; cross-wing gable end has a ground
and first floor 3-light casement; attic lights in gable ends. Interior:
access refused. Hall has enriched plaster ceiling; large fireplace with
stone jambs and brick 4-centred arched head; much of original woodwork
survives, including panelling. Norwich Union fire insurance mark on
entrance bay. It is believed that the Dower House stands on the site of
the original old Court House which belonged to Evesham Abbey and fell
into disrepair in the mid-C16 after the Abbot was dispossed during the
Dissolution. It was rebuilt by Sir Samuel Sandys, the name being retained
initially and only later became known as the Dower House. [VCH, Vol III,
pt ii; Rev W H White: The Story of Ombersley Church].

Listing NGR: SO8440463705

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