Great Houses
   Bloxworth House
   Melbury House
   Purse Caundle
   Wimborne St.Giles
   Stalbridge Park
   Parnham House
   Godlingston Manor
   Whatcombe House
Abbeys, Minsters
Stone Crosses
Dorset by Artists
Ancient Dorset
Old Portland
Old Weymouth
Old Wareham
Old Lyme
Old Bournemouth
Old Blandford
Old Sturminster
Share this page
Site Profile

Stalbridge Park
>  larger version
The earliest classical mansion in Dorsetshire was at Stalbridge Park, in the north of the county and was commissioned in 1638 by the first Earl of Cork, paying Isaac de Caus £5 'for drawing me a plott, for contriving my new intended bwylding over the great sellar at Stalbridge'. It was built shortly afterwards and eventually pulled down in 1822. Look out for the remains, the gate-piers just off the Stalbridge-Henstridge road.
>  larger version
An 1813 etching of Stalbridge Park.
The shortcut from Stalbridge to Milborne Port goes around the stone perimeter wall of the park and is several miles in length, having required many man-years of work originally.