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Description: Bryanston School
Date Listed: 11 June 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 103300
OS Grid Reference: ST8703907370
OS Grid Coordinates: 387039, 107370
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8657, -2.1855
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ST 80 NE BRYANSTON
5/26 Bryanston School
Country house, now school, 1889-94, by R Norman Shaw for Lord Portman. Red
brickwork in English bond with Portland stone ashlar dressings. Hipped slate
roof. Banded brick and ashlar stacks symmetrically disposed along and behind
the ridge. A very large loosely neo-Baroque mansion. Symmetrical. 2 storeys
with basement and double attics. Entrance facade of 11 bays (7 to the main
central block) with flanking service wings at right angles. Main block disposed
2:3:2 with outer bays defined by banded brick and ashlar. Most windows with
rusticated ashlar surrounds and keystones. Outer bays of central block have
elongated staircase windows. Sashes with glazing bars. Central bays of service
wing have large 3-bay segmental pediments containing roundels. Central doorway
to main block has Gibbs surround and segmental pediment. Range of 7 dormers
with alternating segmental and triangular pediments. Flanking wings have first
floor plat band. Moulded and dentilled cornice. Garden front has broadly
similar detailing. 23 bays: 5:3:7:3:5.
Interior features: central spine corridor running the length of the house and
passing straight through the central saloon. The saloon is open through the
whole height of the house and is lit through a central hidden cupola. It is
surrounded by a first floor balcony supported on giant Ionic columns. Heavy
late C17 style staircase. Double apsed entrance hall. The main rooms contain
rich plasterwork mainly in a neo-baroque or neo-Adam style and classical chimney-
pieces some perhaps reused from an earlier house by J Wyatt. The house exhibits
many early technical advances having been lit from its date of building by
electricity and retaining its original hydraulic lifts. (Newman, J. and Pevsner, N.
The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p,l18-120. )
Listing NGR: ST8703907370
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Source: English Heritage
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