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Castle Chare Community Arts Centre, Durham

Description: Castle Chare Community Arts Centre

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 110090

OS Grid Reference: NZ2712842609
OS Grid Coordinates: 427128, 542609
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7777, -1.5798

Location: Castle Chare, Durham DH1 4SF

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 4SF

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 NW (South side, off)

9/42 Castle Chare Community
Arts Centre


House, later convent; now arts centre. Early C18. Incised stucco with painted
ashlar dressings and plinth; chamfered quoins; Welsh slate roof with brick
chimney. Rear shows Flemish bond brick with moulded floor strings and dog-tooth
cornice. 3 storeys, 3 bays. Central door has diagonal panelling in lower half
under 4 panels; wide architrave. Flat stone lintels and projecting stone sills
to sashes with glazing bars. Parapet with cornice.

Wing at right of 3 storeys, one bay,set back; plain surround to renewed door
under blocked overlight; small window above.

Double-span roof to main house has central and side brick chimneys,and is hipped
at left.

Interior: main staircase in left part has fat turned balusters supporting wide,
ramped and wreathed grip handrail, fluted rectangular newels and curtail.
Panelled dado without rail to first flight. Front left room on second floor has
raised fielded panelling. Rear wing has ground-floor room at higher level on
slope; this has much rococo decoration in plaster and carved wood. Enriched
mouldings to shutters and doors; swags and garlands in panels and covering ceiling;
similar decoration to chimney-piece with bracketed cornice and marble and marbled
stone inner surrounds. Ionic Venetian case to garden door with broad glazing bars
in overlight and sidelights. Tall staircase window. Many 6-panelled doors with
L hinges and wide architraves; several C18 chimney pieces, some with later cast
iron grates. Brick-vaulted cellar has re-used grooved wood in lintel. Roof has
apex collars to trusses, of which feet are hidden by floor; staggered purlins.

Listing NGR: NZ2712842609

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Source: English Heritage

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