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Fairfield House

Hob Uid: 189763
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Stogursey
Grid Ref : ST1875342983
Summary : Country house of possible 12th century origins, rebuilt in 1589 and enlarged in the late 18th century. Alterations took place in 1815. A restoration took place in the early 20th century. It is E-shaped on plan, of two-storeys with a three storey porch.
More information : [ST 18764298] FAIRFIELD HOUSE [GT]

Fairfield House, a large symmetrical house on the familiar E
plan, bearing the date 1589 on the porch (2).

In the late 15th c. William Vernai had a licence to build a
wall and seven round towers round his house at Honibere and to
enclose 200 acres of park. This house was pulled down in
Elizabeth's reign to make way for the present building. (3-4).
A chapel existed at Fairfield in a survey of 1562-75 but is
entirely destroyed and the site unknown. (4).

Extent of park delineated from Greenwood's map. (5)

The house is a particularly good example of its type. See GP's
AO/65/49/6 & 7. There is no trace of a park pale (6)

No change. (7)

II* Fairfield House C.16, (date on porch 1589) later
alterations including hipped modern pantile roof with dormers
and all-round dentilled stone cornice with blocking course.
Later wing (c. 1924) in conforming style added at N.E., angle.
Rendered walling. Principal elevation faces S.E. and is
2-storey, L-shaped with 3-storey central square porch. This has
quoins, crocketted stone pinnacles, ogee stone roof with
crocketted finial, flat-pointed head to door opening, modern
double doors, stone doorcase, with flat entablature on engaged
square columns. Windows are regularly disposed multi-light
leaded casements with moulded stone mullions, 2-storey angular
bay to end elevation of each wing. Two windows to the right of
the porch are particularly large; they each have 5 lights and 4
transoms and extend through the full height of the house.
Interior probably of interest. (8)

ST14SE STOGURSEY CP FAIRFIELD 6/135 Fairfield House 22.5.69 GV
II*

Manor House. Medieval in origin, rebuilt late C16, remains of
earlier dwelling demolished, finials removed from facade and
parapet added, service area enlarged late C18, alterations by
Richard Carver in 1815, restored and re-roofed early C20.
Roughcast over rubble, exposed quoins on porch, Bath stone
dressings, hipped pantiled roof, parapet with modillion moulded
cornice, rendered stacks. 'E'-plan, corridor and kitchen wing
added at rear with low flanking wings. 2 storeys with attic and
3 storey central porch, 1:2:1:2:1 bays; segmental headed
2-light dormers in wings with full height canted bays
containing 5-light mullioned and transomed windows on both
floors, two similar 4-light windows first floor and two 5-light
ground floor to left of porch, two full height 5 x 5 light
mullioned and transomed windows to right; pyramid roofed porch
with pinnacle and 4 flame decorated finials, 3-light casement
second floor, 3-light mullioned and transomed first floor, with
empty square panel below and ashlar surround with pilasters to
4-centred arch doorway with half glazed double doors, late C18
inner double doors with fanlight. Long 4 bay right return, now
entrance front. Interior: remains of late C15 decorated arch
braced roof with wind bracing and moulded purlins in attic of
left hand wing, 4-centred stone arch with ribbed moulding set
off centre in left cross passage wall, both evidence of earlier
dwelling. Late C18 plaster friezes in most rooms, coved ceiling
to hall. (VAG Report, unpublished SRO, January 1982; photograph
in NMR).


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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : South and west Somerset
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Greswell W H P. 1905. The Forests and Deerparks of Somerset, 243
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Collinson J. 1791. History of Somerset 1, 254, 256
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Greenwood's map of Somerset. 1820-1
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 21-APR-65
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Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 PAS 27-JAN-75
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Source Number : 8
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Rural District of Williton, March 1962
Page(s) : 93
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Source Number : 9
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of West Somerset, November 1984
Page(s) : 70-71
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Source Number : 10
Source : Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England
Source details : Somerset
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Vol(s) : Part 37

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C12 origins
Monument End Date : 1199
Monument Start Date : 1100
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Rebuilt 1589
Monument End Date : 1589
Monument Start Date : 1589
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : enlarged late C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1767
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered 1815
Monument End Date : 1815
Monument Start Date : 1815
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Restored Early C20
Monument End Date : 1932
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34108
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34059
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34060
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 265183
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 14 SE 2
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 620870
Relationship type :

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 14 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-04-21
End Date : 1965-04-21
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 14 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1975-01-27
End Date : 1975-01-27
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT FAIRFIELD HOUSE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 2005-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT FAIRFIELD HOUSE
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2007-01-01
End Date : 2008-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FAIRFIELD MANOR HOUSE
Activity type : DENDROCHRONOLOGICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2012-01-01
End Date : 2012-12-31