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Description: 6, Durngate Street
Date Listed: 8 May 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 104248
OS Grid Reference: SY6941190670
OS Grid Coordinates: 369411, 90670
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7149, -2.4346
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738/7/164 DURNGATE STREET
08-MAY-75 (North side)
(Formerly listed as:
House, probably C18, predating 1771. The building has undergone some alteration.
MATERIALS: Ridgeway or Portland hammer-dressed stone, with red brick voussoirs. The building has a pitched tile roof brick, with high brick chimney stacks.
PLAN: The current OS map shows the site divided into two parts, the narrower western portion having an extension to the north-west, and the eastern portion having a northern extension with a slight projection to west. Earlier OS maps do not indicate this central division, but instead show the building as rectangular in plan, with a number of small outbuildings to north which may form the core of the present northern extensions. Until 1902 at least, No.s 6 and 7 Durngate Street shared a rear courtyard.
EXTERIOR: The street frontage is two-storeys high, in three-bays. On the first-floor are three segmental-headed windows fitted with casement frames. The front door is set in a plain doorway with segmental-headed brick arch, similar to those over the windows. To the left of the door, an embrasure has been cut for a bay window which is contained within the thickness of the wall. This unusual feature - clearly a later alteration - may be evidence of a former door. The attic is lit by two dormer windows with casements.
INTERIOR: Not inspected.
HISTORY: Durngate Street lies at the centre of the town of Dorchester; the site has been occupied since Roman times. Durngate Street is shown as being almost completely built up on both sides in Hutchins's map of 1771; though the street also contains later buildings. No. 6 Durngate Street is thought to pre-date 1771.
REASON FOR DESIGNATION: 6 Durngate Street is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural: Externally, a noteworthy example of a modest, two-storey Dorchester house of the C18
* Group Value: With adjacent listed buildings, and with listed buildings elsewhere in Durngate Street
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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