Barrington Court

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Barrington Court is a Tudor manor house begun c. 1538 and completed in the late 1550s, with a vernacular seventeenth-century stable court (1675), situated in Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, England. It was the first house acquired by the National Trust, in 1907, on the recommendation of the antiquarian Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley.

Barrington Court, once dated 1514 and considered an early example of a symmetrical front, was completed in the late 1550s for William Clifton, a London merchant who had been assembling a Somerset estate. Its central entry porch leads into a screens passage with the Hall on the left and, an innovation, a service passage leading to the kitchen wing that occupies the right wing. A symmetrically sited gatehouse (rebuilt) was set far forward of the house, to permit a full view of its symmetrical facade.

The interior of the house suffered from its demotion to a tenant farm, and from a fire in the early nineteenth century; after being almost derelict it was repaired under the supervision of Alfred Hoare Powell. It is now a Grade I listed building.

The entire interior of Barrington Court has been let as showrooms to the period interior design firm, Stuart Interiors, since 1986

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In Barrington village, 5ml NorthEast of Ilminster, on B3168. Signposted from A358 (Ilminster–Taunton) or A303 (Hayes End roundabout)


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Opening times (7 November - 1 November):
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Address: Barrington, nr Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ, UK
Phone: +44 1460 242614 (infoline), +44 1460 241938 (normal)

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