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Hanford School, Hanford

Description: Hanford School

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 October 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 103322

OS Grid Reference: ST8448011111
OS Grid Coordinates: 384480, 111111
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8993, -2.2221

Location: Hanford, Dorset DT11 8HN

Locality: Hanford
Local Authority: North Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT11 8HN

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Listing Text


Hanford School
1/46 (formerly listed as
Hanford House)

The address shall be amended to read


1/46 Hanford School
(formerly listed as
4.10.60 Hanford House)



ST 81 SW
1/46 Hanford School (formerly listed
as Hanford House)

Country House, now school, dated 1623 possibly commenced 1604. For Sir Robert
Seymer. Ashlar and rubble with ashlar dressings. Stone-slate roofs with
symmetrically disposed square stone stacks. Courtyard plan. Courtyard was
roofed in 1873. Entrance facade symmetrical. 2 storeys with basements and
attics, 5 bays. Moulded string courses separate floors. Ground and first
floors have stone mullioned and transomed windows of 4 lights to the outer bays,
3 lights to the second bays and 2 lights to the central bay. 3 gabled dormers
each containing a 4-light stone mullioned window with a returned label. 2 storey,
pedimented centrepiece with Doric pilasters to the ground floor and Ionic pilasters
above, Central round-headed archway with rusticated surround. East front has
2-storey mullioned and transomed canted bays. Other facades have stone mullioned
and mullioned and transomed windows less symmetrically arranged.

Internally the entrance passage is lined with shell-headed niches. The internal
courtyard has a 2 storeyed porch with round headed arch flanked by Ionic columns
bearing an entablature, Over is an achievement of arms flanked by scrolled check
pieces and surmounted by a lion. Over is a mullioned and transomed 5-light
window. Similar windows to other walls of court. Courtyard has original studded
plank door and is lined with C19 panelling. East range has original dog-leg
staircase with reeded, square newels, some having vase finials and moulded heavy
handrail intersecting the string. C18 hall staircase with cut strings, moulded
and twisted balusters and moulded handrail. Various C17 and C18 chimneypieces,
notably that of the C17 in a first floor room with grotesque caryatids, aedicules
and figures of solidiers in high relief. 2 flint floor rooms have C17 geometric,
ribbed plaster ceilings with decorative arabesques etc. Various C17 and C18
doors and panelling. (RCHM, Dorset, vol.III, p,l02-l04, no.2 Newman, J and
Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p.223-225.)

Listing NGR: ST8448011111

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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