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Malmesbury, Abbey House, Wiltshire

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Feature Sets (2)

Description

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.

Features

Loose Sculpture

Arch from main garden to vegetable garden

At the apex of the arch is a dog head with pointed ears and drilled, oval eyes with radiating lines around them.

Dimensions

Height 0.25m
Width (bottom) 0.14m
Width (top) 0.18m

Arch in the centre of the garden

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.

Dimensions

Height of impost 0.14m

Fragment in car park

There is a loose cushion capital from a shaft that had a diameter of 0.29m.

Dimensions

Diameter 0.35m
Height (approximately) 0.35m

Fragments set into garden wall

Four fragments featuring circular, eroded, floral motif with a surround, probably originally beaded. Top right corner of fragment III is cut off.

Dimensions

Diameter 0.21m
Height (I) 0.22-0.24m
Height (II) 0.20-0.22m
Height (III) 0.24m
Height (IV) 0.20-0.21m
Width (I) 0.21-0.22m
Width (II) 0.22-0.26m
Width (III) 0.24m
Width (IV) 0.24-0.27m

Comments/Opinions

Bibliography

  • 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.

Location

Site Location
Malmesbury, Abbey House
National Grid Reference
ST 933 873 
Boundaries
now: Wiltshire
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Wiltshire
Diocese
medieval: Old Sarum
now: Bristol
Dedication
now:
medieval:
Type of building/monument
House  
Report authors
Allan Brodie 
Visit Date
12 October 1991, 1 May 2004