|Batchelor of Combe Florey|
|Greystoke, Warwick, by P. Morley-Horder, 1904-06|
|Kensworth House: at one time the seat of W.G. Batchelor.|
Combe Florey House, Somerset
|Combe Florey House: the surviving, if reduced, gatehouse of the Elizabethan house, from an old postcard.|
The gatehouse is dated 1591 and is now of two fairly tall storeys, but is said to have been reduced from four storeys in the early 19th century, when it was re-roofed. Unfortunately no visual record is known to survive showing it in its original form, so we cannot be certain that it was ever taller, but an imposing entrance would be consistent with the quality of the surviving details: the complex moulding of the carriage arch, and the lavish decoration of the first-floor chamber inside. This room has a fine overmantel dated 1593, on which pairs of terms (male and female) flank a central panel with elaborate strapwork and fruit decoration around a full carved achievement of the Fraunceis arms. The room also has an elaborate plaster ceiling with a complex pattern of thin ribs and a scrolled frieze, attributed to Robert Eaton of Stogursey.
|Combe Florey House: the overmantel of the fireplace in the 'Tudor Room' of the gatehouse, attributed to Robert Eaton of Stogursey.|
|Combe Florey House: the exterior in about 1966.|
Batchelor family of Combe Florey
|John Batchelor (1820-83)|
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