Bowringsleigh was an estate owned by the Bowring family until acquired by William Gilbert in 1543 and by William IIlbert in 1695. The present baronial appearance, with a castellated four storey tower to the right of the Tudor frontage is due to Richard Coad’s restoration of 1868-73 for William Roope Illbert, following fire damage to the east wing in 1843.
Grade I, gate piers 130m. south, gate piers at SX 719 439 listed Grade II
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