The April Historic Building Calendar

04 Early Classical
Early Classical – Woolbridge Manor, Dorset - Click Image to Enlarge

The Romans first introduced brickmaking into England, but the skill was lost during the Dark Ages and was gradually re-introduced from the Low Countries during the late medieval period, though initially its use was confined to high status buildings and it was only in the 17th century that use of brickwork moved down the social scale.

Woolbridge Manor is dated 1635 and is an example of the transition from medieval to classical design. There was no understanding of proportions in these early classical buildings, and classicism was restricted to symmetry on the principal elevations and the occasional use of classical motifs, such as the circular panel on the porch. Woolbridge Manor is listed Grade II*.

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