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Former Chapel Block, Charminster

Description: Former Chapel Block

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 October 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 106411

OS Grid Reference: SY6784894718
OS Grid Coordinates: 367848, 94718
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7512, -2.4571

Location: Sherren Avenue, Charminster, Dorset DT2 9FN

Locality: Charminster
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 9FN

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Listing Text

SY 69 SE
7/27 Former Chapel Block

4.10.89 II

Former chapel, now store and general purpose rooms. c.1860. Red, blue and
cream brick in Flemish bond, limestone dressings; slate roof. Central section
of original hospital buildings, being a chapel above high undercroft; symmet-
rical front with full-height central gable, in good Ruskinian gothic - an early
exemplar. Front is in 2 storeys, 2:1:2 bays (but 2:2:2 bays to lower floor).
At lower level are paired sashes in stone surrounds with central colonnette to
shouldered lintol immediately below mid-band in yellow and blue diaper pattern
brickwork. The upper level has 5-light decorated window flanked by two 3-light
similar, all to Venetian voussoirs over pointed heads and under continuous
moulded drip course. Steep central and end gables to saddle-back raised
copings, and set to kneelers. Plain gabled returns, mainly concealed by
adjacent buildings, which are not of special interest. The front has angle
buttresses at either end, diagonal buttresses to centre projection, and plain
buttresses at intermediate points, all from stepped plinth, with steep sloping
offsets, stone cappings, and a series of blue-brick bands in very fine brickwork
throughout. Back of block concealed by other structures, not of special
interest. The interior has an original 6-bay arch-braced tied hammer-beam roof
of high quality with very decorative brick end gables, all concealed by later
dropped ceiling, and doors have flat pointed segmental heads with heavy roll
moulding, mostly with original doors. An important piece of Ruskinian influence
of early date.

These buildings were previously included in the 55th list for the District of
West Dorset.

Listing NGR: SY6784894718

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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