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Cromwellian axe marks still scar the front door...<br />
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VERY desirable country manor for sale - that still bears the scars of Cromwell's axe men trying to break in.<br />
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An historic Elizabethan manor with gouges hewn into its front door by the axes of Oliver Cromwell's army in the English Civil War has gone on the market for £4.75 million.<br />
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Cromwell's Roundheads attempted to gain entry to West Hall as they swept through the Dorset countryside looking for the disposed monarch Charles I and his supporters at the outbreak of war in the mid 1600s.<br />
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West Hall, a Catholic stronghold allied to King, was heavily fortified, and try as they might the attackers could not gain access to the manor house.<br />
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The only reminder of the attack today is the six deep axe wounds that can still clearly be seen in the manor's huge solid oak front door.  <br />
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Owners Richard and Jaqi Fielding are now selling West Hall, in Longburton near Sherborne, Dorset, through joint agents Knight Frank and Humberts so they can downsize.