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Holditch Court, Thorncombe

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Holdich

In the civil parish of Thorncombe.
In the historic county of Dorset.
Modern Authority of Dorset.
1974 county of Dorset.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST34490219
Latitude 50.81523° Longitude -2.93127°

Holditch Court, Thorncombe has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Holditch Court, built as a gate-house early in the 16th century and extended in the 17th century, is a two-storeyed, rubble and flint house with tiled roofs. It retains two of the original windows, and inside is an original doorway. The tower, situated south-east of the house, formed part of a semi-fortified manor house of late medieval date, and traces of a rectangular stone building can be seen 16 yards to the south-east. Immediately to the south are traces of a bank and scarp and of another bank, which may represent a defensive enclosure. The remains of a fishpond can be seen north-east of the house. (PastScape–ref. RCHME and buildings listing)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1397 Feb 20 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Thorncombe was an enclave of Devon until 1844.
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This record last updated 15/11/2016 20:09:33

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