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IoE Number: 269272
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Date listed: 29 March 1963
Date of last amendment: 09 January 1987
Grade II*

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ST23NEDURLEIGH CPWEST BOWER LANE (South side)3/11West Bower Manor with barn(previously listed as West BowerFarm House)

ST23NE DURLEIGH CP WEST BOWER LANE (South side) 3/11 West Bower Manor with barn (previously listed as West Bower Farm House) (also known as Durleigh Manor) 29.3.63 II* Gatehouse; formerly part of a large manorial property on this site, now virtually all demolished; subsequently a farmhouse, now house. Probably 2 periods C15; though core of fabric may even be earlier; altered C17 with additions; much C19 rebuilding and internal rearrangement. Restored late C20. Local stone with freestone dressings, some render, some remains of render; pantile, tile and slate roofs, brick stacks. Main block facing south, rectangular on plan; C17 wing at right-angles to East side, attached barn at rear. Decorated/Perpendicular style. Salient feature the shafted 4-centred archway with moulded head giving onto a former through-way, now blocked; to each inner face a moulded 4-centred arch doorway with a plank door, one studded; 3-centred arch door opening under centre of archway, plank door. To each side a 2 storey polygonal stair-turret with a cinqpartite, slate roof, moulded strings and string between the turrets; gargoyles; left turret with 2 foiled lancets on ground floor, right with a 2-light ovolo-moulded wooden-mullioned window, on each face of the first floors a 2-light mullioned and transomed window with a 3-centred head and label which continues between each window, each light with foiled head, blind head tracery with blank shields and foliate decoration, iron saddle and stanchion bars, leaded lights; some C15 stained glass to right turret, similar glass to left turret removed for conservation at time of re-survey (February 1985). Between the turrets 5 large weathered stone corbels at eaves height; 2- light stone-mullioned window with label, each light with a foiled head, carved spandrels. On ground floor of inner face of each turret, a moulded 4-centred arch door opening similar to those under archway, plank doors, one studded. Set back to the outer side of each turret a single bay, 3-light casements on 2 floors with glazing bars, except to right of ground floor with leaded lights. At right-angles to right of frontage a lower 2-storey C17 addition with a reused dressed stone doorway, chamfered with a 4-centred head, plank door; C20 oriel. To left return the base of a further turret with a doorway in wooden surround with a 4-centred head. Attached garden walls, again possibly remains of other parts of the manor house. Attached to rear a 2-storeyed rubble barn, hipped pantile roof, plank doors and 2-light casements. Interior with stone newel staircase in left turret, moulded 4-centred archway at its top; ground floor room in right wing with 2 reused carved beams. Panelled archway giving onto first floor of right turrets. C17 panelled screen with turned baluster panels, dismantled for conservation at time of re-survey. Further lesser features including C17 partitioning and doors. Reputed to be the birthplace of Jane Seymour, 3rd wife of Henry VIII and mother of Edward VI. Sir John Seymour was lord of the manor.

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