Southill House, Cranmore

Southill House in Cranmore, Somerset, England, is an early 18th-century manor house. It was given a new facade by John Wood, the Younger, of Bath, in the late 18th century. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1]

Southill House
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Southill House, Cranmore is located in Somerset
Southill House, Cranmore
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or cityCranmore
CountryEngland
Coordinates51°10′55″N 2°28′15″W / 51.1819°N 2.4708°W / 51.1819; -2.4708
CompletedEarly 18th century

The house is on a site which may have been used for Roman buildings including a hypocaust.[2][3]

The current 18th-century building includes some remains from a 17th-century building,.[4] standing in a landscaped park.[5]

in World War II the house was used as a base for the Auxiliary Unit Scout Patrol.[6]

The house received moderate publicity in 1998 when a "cow grazing near the croquet lawn" fell through the turf into a forgotten tunnel. The writings of a Victorian servant in the house, Edwin Charles Cox, revealed that the passages were said to be haunted but upon his exploration only contained remainder furniture.[7]

In 2011 the house was short-listed in a competition run by Country Life magazine to find England's Favourite House and was chosen as the South West regional winner.[8][9][10] The house was owned by the Cotterell family for over 10 years who then eventually sold the house to a London banker.

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  1. ^ "Southill House and outbuildings". historicengland.org.uk. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  2. ^ "Roman building, West Cranmore". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Roman buildings, Cranmore". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Southill House and outbuildings, Cranmore". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Park Southill House, West Cranmore". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  6. ^ Truscoe, Krystyna. "Interim Report for Aerial Survey Component Eastern Mendip Block 1: ST 66 41 to ST 71 46" (PDFaccessdate=24 November 2012). The Aggregate Landscape of Somerset: Predicting the Archaeological Resource. Somerset County Council and English Heritage. p. 35.
  7. ^ "Tunnels at Shepton Mallet". News. Frome in Wessex. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  8. ^ "England's Favourite House 2011". Savills. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  9. ^ "England's Favourite House". Telegraph. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  10. ^ "'Remarkable' country home's win". This is Somerset. Retrieved 24 November 2012.