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Report - Chilton Priory, Somerset, Aug 2010

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by rigsby, Oct 12, 2010.

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    I first had a look at this about a year ago but because the grounds were so well kept i thought it was still occupied.
    It was only when Vdub and Petzl got in that i decided to have another look. Turns out the grounds are kept but no ones home.

    Chilton Priory (also known as Stradling's Folly) was originally built as a folly, and subsequently enlarged to become a country house.
    The tower and wing at the rear were built in 1838, for William Stradling. Stradling also incorporated various pieces of buildings and archaeological relics from around the county, especially materials from a Roman Villa at Chedzoy. The upper windows, battlements and grotesque heads came from a demolished castle at Enmore and the pinnacles from an old church tower at Langport. The staircase turret came from a church in Shepton Mallet and three of the windows in the nave from a chapel at Slapeland.
    The Priory has more recently been home to Katherine Maltwood who was an artist and became known as the discoverer of the Glastonbury Zodiac (otherwise known as the Temple of the Stars), an enormous geomantic creation surrounding the Tor at Glastonbury. The Temple was another folly tower, built by Stradling in the early 19th incorporating re-used 15th features.

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