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Antelope Hotel, Dorchester

Description: Antelope Hotel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 May 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 104244

OS Grid Reference: SY6923790679
OS Grid Coordinates: 369237, 90679
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7149, -2.4371

Location: South Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1BQ

Locality: Dorchester
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT1 1BQ

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Listing Text

(West Side)
Antelope Hotel
SY 6990 7/15 8.5.50
Yellow brick. 3 storeys. Stone-plinth. Facade divided into 3 bays by stone
pilasters. These are rusticated on ground floor and have sunk panel treatment
above. Deep flat moulded caps at top, the moulding being returned and carried
across front as cornice. Flat stone string returned round pilasters. The 2
lower storeys of the 2 outer bays consist of segmental brick bows. On 1st floor
the windows have bowed balconies on brackets with iron balustrades. Above each
bow is a semi-circular window with 4-light casement. Central bay has opening
giving access to yard. This has a pair of high wood grille doors. Above opening
is french window with iron balcony. 2nd floor has 2-light casement. The front is
of early C19 date, but the structure incorporates an earlier building and contains
a late C16 fireplace. The courtyard has been roofed in, but there is still
a right-of- way through it. 2 early C19 doorways with good elliptical fanlights
open into the courtyard from the hotel.
Interior contains the Oak Room with reset panelling of later C16. Moulding
on muntins and lower side of rails only (though in north east corner rails are
moulded on upper side only, suggesting panels have been reset upside down).
Uppermost rail has double notches (possibly a primitive rendering of triglyphs)
and crescent motifs. Frieze above this (itself panelled) with a form of strapwork
in shallow relief. 1 pilaster (also with this strapwork) on high base, with
egg and dart capital, and taking scrolled console. Moulded cornice to ceiling.
Cupboard door with contemporary hinges.
2 chimneypieces, both with 4-centred stone arches (1 concave and 1 convex chamfer
each) to fireplaces. Mantel shelf taken on paired (north end) or single (south
end) Tuscan columns with high bases, that at south end with the "triglyph" motif.
Overmantel has 6 paired ringed Tuscan columns with egg-and-dart abaci, taking
patterned architrave (with modillions at south end), frieze with the same strapwork
divided by paired scrolled brackets, and modillions to ceiling cornice. Between
the columns are 2 arches on diminutive colonnettes with egg-and-dart extrados
at south end, hollow chamfer at north end, semi-cirmilar bosses in spandrel
and pendant finials at north end.

Listing NGR: SY6924090682

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Source: English Heritage

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