Whitestaunton Manor

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Whitestaunton Manor
Geograph 2862485 Whitestaunton Manor.jpg
Location Whitestaunton, Somerset, England
Coordinates 50°53′24″N 3°01′28″W / 50.89000°N 3.02444°W / 50.89000; -3.02444Coordinates: 50°53′24″N 3°01′28″W / 50.89000°N 3.02444°W / 50.89000; -3.02444
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 4 February 1958[1]
Reference no. 433262
Whitestaunton Manor is located in Somerset
Whitestaunton Manor
Location of Whitestaunton Manor in Somerset

Whitestaunton Manor in the village of Whitestaunton, Somerset, England was built in the 15th century as a Hall house and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1] It consists of an east-west range with two wings which were added later.[2]

The first record of the house dates from 1479 with dendrochronology showing roof timbers dating from 1447 to 1492.[3] It has been altered and expanded several times since, including a major expansion in the 1570s.[4] The stables and coach house were built in the 16th century and are now Garde II listed.[5]

Excavations carried out in 1882, when the house was owned by Charles Isaac Elton, had identified a building, thought to be a Roman villa, which had been incorporated into the grounds, and designated as a Scheduled monument.[6] In 2003 archaeological television programme Time Team carried out an excavation in the grounds, which discovered a Roman bath house.[7]

During restoration work, between 2000 and 2011, a Hammerbeam roof was discovered above a Georgian ceiling.[8] The roof dated from 1446 to 1478.[9] It had been damaged by Death watch beetle.[10] The work received an award for the work from the Wood Awards in 2008.[11] Wooden paneling had also been damaged by Death watch and Common furniture beetle. It was removed and restored.[12]

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  1. ^ a b "Whitestaunton Manor". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Whitestaunton Manor". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Whitestaunton Manor (formerly listed as Manor House), Whitestaunton Village". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ R.W. Dunning (editor), A.P. Baggs, R.J.E. Bush (1978). "Parishes: Whitestaunton". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 4. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Range of outbuildings about 15 meters east of Whitestaunton Manor". Heritage Gateway. English Heritage. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Whitestaunton Manor". Wessex Archaeology. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "TimeTeam at Whitestaunton Manor". Chard Museum. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Whitestaunton Manor". The Wood Awards. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Emery, Anthony (2006). Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Southern England v. 3. Cambridge University Press. p. 460. ISBN 978-0521581325. 
  10. ^ "Whitestaunton Manor". Levitate. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Whitestaunton Manor". Carrek Historic Building Conservation. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Whitestaunton Manor - 2008". Isleside Conservation Joinery. Retrieved 16 December 2012.