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Heale House, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Heale House, a mansion 4½ miles NNW of Salisbury, in Wiltshire. It belonged to the Erringtons and the Hydes. Charles II. had shelter in it after the battle of Worcester, and the events of his arrival at it are said, with change of scene, to figure in Sir Walter Scott's novel of " Woodstock." The house has been altered, but retains some old carved work. A palace of the Bishops of Salisbury is alleged to have stood on or near its site. Heale Hill in its vicinity has on its S slope some traces of an ancient British village, and on the summit a Dmidical circle and an ancient camp.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5