Malmesbury Abbey House is a mid 16thc, half H-shaped house built on top of a late 13thc vaulted undercroft. Within the gardens there are various reused mid-12thc stones from the adjacent Benedictine abbey at Malmesbury, which is only 50 metres away.
The arch in the centre of the garden incorporates a number of 12thc fragments. The arch is a thick order of lateral-on-the-face chevron supported on thick moulded imposts. The chevron probably came from the choir gallery. At the apex of the arch is a large dog's head with drilled, oval eyes and beading along the side of the jaws.
|Height of impost||0.14m|
Four fragments featuring circular, eroded, floral motif with a surround, probably originally beaded. Top right corner of fragment III is cut off.
DCMS Listing Description.
Victoria County History: Wiltshire, vol. XIV, 133-4.
N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 321-7.
Report in National Monuments, Record 86404.