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Sherborne Castle

Hob Uid: 199470
Location :
Dorset
Castleton
Grid Ref : ST6492016400
Summary : Manor house constructed in 1594 and enlarged in 1625. Alterations were carried out in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Listed.
More information : SHERBORNE CASTLE (1594) [T.I.] (1)

SHERBORN CASTLE (1594) "A large mansion situate in SHERBORNE
PARK the residence & property of J.K.W. DIGBY Esq., M.P. The
stables, gardens etc are about 1/4 mile to the W. This house
was built by SIR WALTER RALEIGH. It is in the form of the
letter H with two towers at each end". (2)

The property was acquired by Sir Walter RALEIGH in 1592. He
started to restore the Md. castle but abandoned this in favour
of building a new house to the S, on the site of an earlier
building.

This L. 16th c. house forms the rectangular central block of
the present building. In 1617 the property passed to the DIGBYS
and in 1625 the house was enlarged by the addition of the four
corner wings, of two storeys with three storeyed hexagonal
angle towers.

Alterations were made to the E. front in the L.17thc., and to
the interior of the house in the 18th c.

In 1859-60 the house was drastically restored and a range built
along the W. side, and the main staircase rebuilt. (3) [Similar
information] (4). (3-4)

The name "SHERBORN CASTLE" still applies. (5)

[ST 64931641] SHERBORN CASTLE is at present unoccupied, but in
a reasonably good state of repair. The house has been stucco
faced. The extent of the 16th and 17th c. work is shown on the
plan in T.3. and authority (1) of T3 gives a full architectural
account of the building. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1/2500 Dorset 6/13 1928
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Source : Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Object Name Book reference
Source details : ONB. Dorset 6 SW. 1901 p.66. (a) O.S. 230 (attached) signed by Messrs Rawlence and Squarey, Estate Offices, Sherborne 1901
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Source Number : 3
Source : An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume five : east Dorset
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Page(s) : 66-69
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hutchins. 1870. History of Dorset. Volume 4, 275-80.
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 16-JUL-55
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Source Number : 5a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Oral: A R Treyett 15.7.55 Sherbourne Castles Estates Office
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Source Number : 6
Source : Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England
Source details : Dorset
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Vol(s) : Part 12

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Constructed 1594
Monument End Date : 1594
Monument Start Date : 1594
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered in C17th
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Enlarged 1625
Monument End Date : 1625
Monument Start Date : 1625
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C18 alterations
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Restored in 1859-60
Monument End Date : 1860
Monument Start Date : 1859
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 105567
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 61 NW 42
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 199485
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 619209
Relationship type :

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 61 NW 42
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1955-07-16
End Date : 1955-07-16