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Purbeck House (Convent of Our Lady of Mercy), Swanage

Description: Purbeck House (Convent of Our Lady of Mercy)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 March 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 108207

OS Grid Reference: SZ0291878719
OS Grid Coordinates: 402918, 78719
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6082, -1.9601

Location: 81 High Street, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2LZ

Locality: Swanage
Local Authority: Purbeck District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH19 2LZ

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Listing Text

(south side)
No 91 (Purbeck House)
SZ 0278 NE 5/81 (Convent of Our Lady of Mercy)

Built 1875, replacing an 18th century house on the site. Architect: G Crickmay.
Built for George Burt, nephew and successor of John Mowlem, as his own house. An
imposing house in a "baronial" style, asymetrical in design, of stone, with tiled
roof. The main facade has 2 storeys, plus attics and basement, raised above pavement
level on a paved terrace with stone parapet walls. Crow-stepped gables at each end
of the facade, Projecting granite porch, large square bay window west of this, and
west again a projecting square tower, continuing above roof line as an octagon,
finished with battlements. The main elevations are faced with granite fragments left
over from the base of the Albert Memorial, London, which Burt was building at the time.
Various other fragments from London buildings incorporated in the house, and a number
of stone and terracotta plaques of classical design, from the Exhibition of 1851.
Part of the terrace paved with decorated encaustic tiles from the Houses of Parliament.
Windows mainly sashes in stone surrounds. Gabled dormers to attic. Single-storey former
billiard room - now Chapel - the east of the main house, with lead roof and walls partly
of stone, partly of terracotta tiles. Modern extension to Chapel in stone with a
copper roof.

Interior retains some original features. Mosaic pavement in entrance hall copied
by Burt from a Roman pavement discovered during excavations at the Mansion House,
London, in 1869 and now in the Museum of London. Two of the ground floor rooms retain
moulded and painted ceiling decoration and fireplaces of Carrara marble designed by
Crickmay. Purbeck Stone walls to garden at rear of house.

Listing NGR: SZ0291878719

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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