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CRANBORNE MANOR HOUSE

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A three storey, early 17th century hunting lodge with basements and attics. It was originally built as a hunting lodge between 1207-8, and appears to have been referred to as a castle in 1241 and 1322. The original plan probably comprised a first floor hall and additional rooms over a vaulted undercroft with a tower to the south west. The building was heavily buttressed and crenellated with arrow slits in the machiolations. The 17th century alterations included the heightening of the south west tower and the construction of a new tower to the south east. Wings were added to the west and east sides of the 13th century house, but the western wing was rebuilt in 1647 and the eastern wing demolished in 1716. From the 18th century until 1860 the house was divided and in use as two farmhouses. The building was restored and reconverted to a single dwelling in 1863.

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