MANOR FARMHOUSE - C18. Coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressing. Stone slate roof. 2 storys, 5 bays, set gable to street. Central stair hall and flanking reception rooms. Central 4-panneled door in C20 gabled porch. Later C19 4-paned windows with wide ashlar radial flat lintels. 6-pane window to stair over entrance. 3-hipped timber casement dormers and part external gable stacks, the right head built in concrete blocks. Two storey extension in brick and slate to left, now kitchen. 2-storey rear wing with slate roof connects to C20 cross wing. (Modern housing estate built in farmyard.)
PONDS FARMHOUSE Late C16, C17 and C18, on earlier moated site. Limestone rubble. Stone slate roof. 2-storeys and attic. Original building to rear, 2 bays 1 storey and attic, to which is added early C17 'L' plan front block of 3 bays, limestone rubble with ashlar dressings and offset plinth. This has central stair hall but plan altered later. To rear further extensions in C19 and C20. Original building has later sash windows and 2 gables with 6- pane sashes. C17 building has hollow chamfered stone-mullioned windows, some transomed, with elliptical relieving arches over. On upper floor, these replaced with 16-pane sashes in raised stone surrounds, some blocked by insertion of stack. Half glazed door in trellised pitched porch. Left and rear gable raised and coped. Inserted stack has shaped shoulders and rebuilt shaft. 1 dormer. C18 stone wine cellar to rear. Interior of early building has heavy chamfered cross beams and joists, and formerly timber framed partitions with wattle and daub, now surviving on first floor only. Later building has ovolo moulded ceiling beams and some early doors. Reset datestone of 1698. Stair replaced C20. The house was the country retreat of the Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, and home of the Bathe family in the C18. Good detached stone cattle house of 1914 on north side.
38 PURTON STOKE Christmas Cottage (formerly Jubilee Cottage) Late C18-early C19. Limestone rubble. Concrete slate roof. 2 storeys and attic, 3 bays. Central stair hall. 6 panelled door with stone raised surround and simple pediment. 12- pane sashes also with raised surrounds and keystones. 2 hipped dormers to front, 1 to rear. Elevation altered, perhaps originally with 2-storey bays either side Iron tie end plates. Roof hipped, and end ashlar stacks with cornices. To right, 2 storey service building with half-hipped gable and gable door.
STOKE COTTAGE . C18 and early-mid C19. Limestone rubble. Stone slate roof. 2 storeys and attics, 3 bays, extended to right by 1 wide bay. Central 6-panelled door in Bath ashlar, Tuscan porch with entablature. Windows altered, originally with flat stone voussoirs, now 16-pane sashes in raised ashlar surrounds with keystones. Canted bay to right of door. 2 small hipped dormers. Roof hipped left. Ashlar stack to right. Right extension matches in detail, 1 dormer and gable stack.
SALT'S HOLE Salt spring well house, 1859. Brick, rendered and lined as ashlar above brick plinth. slate roof. Octagonal, with small side buttresses. Central door with 2-centred arch and trefoil headed windows either side, all with ashlar surrounds. Carved bargeboards with timber pendents at angles. Apex of roof has a turned wood finial. Interior has simple fireplace on back wall and plaster flat ceiling. To rear, two 2-light windows above ceiling. Well in centre with iron-bound stone capping. Inscription over door reads: THE ANCIENT /SALT'S HOLE/SULPHATED AND BROMO-IODATED/SALINE WATER/ANALYSED BY D VOELKER 1860. This building, and the adjoining Spa Cottage at Purton based on this saline spring rich in phosphate of lime. (Reference: Richardson, M S. The Storey of Purton, 1919).