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Dorset College of Agriculture Kingston Maurward House, Stinsford

Description: Dorset College of Agriculture Kingston Maurward House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106325

OS Grid Reference: SY7154491039
OS Grid Coordinates: 371544, 91039
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7183, -2.4044

Location: Stinsford, Dorset DT2 8PX

Locality: Stinsford
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 8PX

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Listing Text


8/137 Kingston Maurward
House (Dorset
26.1.56 College of


Country house, now used as College of Agriculture. Built c1717 for George
Pitt, architect unknown. Altered 1794 for William Morton Pitt. Interior
altered 1910-20. Ashlar stone walls, cladding earlier brick. Roofs
concealed behind parapets. Early C20 panelled ashlar stacks set
symmetrically. Double pile plan. 3 storeys and basement, the top storey
being remodelling of original attic. On main front, the centre bay projects
slightly, with pediment. In this bay 4 Corinthian pilasters extend from
ground to second floor level. These support an enriched entablature with
scrolled brackets supporting cornice modillions. Lower parts of pilasters
concealed by early C20 porch, single storeyed, with balustraded parapet
capped with urns. Doorway flanked by Tuscan pilasters supporting
entablature. Each side of door, a round headed sash with glazing bars in
moulded surround. Similar window above door. Each side of the porch, on
ground floor, 3 segmental-headed sashes, with glazing bars. On first and
second floors, 9 similar sashes - shorter on second floor. On this floor
the 3 central sashes below pediment, divided by flat pilasters. At left end
a C19 service range, with plastered walls and slate roof. 2 storeys and
attic. Sashes with glazing bars, and C20 dormers in attic. This range
encloses a courtyard infilled with a C20 block. Internally, main hall
extends through 2 storeys. C18 enriched plaster ceiling. Walls have on
ground floor, Corinthian and on first floor, Composite pilasters at
intervals, supporting entablatures. Panelled doors in round arched openings
with solid tympana. At each end an early C20 marble fireplace with very
large console brackets supporting moulded mantels. Overmantels with swags,
garlands and cherubs' heads - all very large in scale. Stone steps in porch
lead up to hall. Project room, behind hall, has painted decoration on walls
and ceiling. Enriched cornice and moulded panelled ceiling. Main stair,
early C20 in C18 style, with cut string and turned balusters. Library has
early C20 oak bookcases, divided by Ionic pilasters supporting entablature.
Other rooms have enriched cornices, and C18 or early C19 marble fireplace
surrounds. 2 fireplaces on first floor have painted tile insets in Arts and
Crafts style. (RCHM Monument 4 Dorset Vol II. Hutchins, History of Dorset
II 566. Oswald "Country Houses of Dorset")

Listing NGR: SY7154491039

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Source: English Heritage

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