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Chorister School, Durham

Description: Chorister School

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 110134

OS Grid Reference: NZ2726541963
OS Grid Coordinates: 427265, 541963
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7719, -1.5777

Location: S Bailey, Durham DH1 3EL

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 3EL

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Listing Text

NZ 2741 NW (South side)

16/86 No. 9 (Chorister School)
6/5/52 (formerly listed as
St. Mary's College)


Prebendal house, now school. Medieval with C17 and C18 alterations. Sandstone
rubble with ashlar plinth and dressings, rendered in Parker's Roman cement;
roof of graduated Lakeland slate. Gothic revival style. L-plan.

Main house: 3 storeys, 5 windows and end projecting towers. Central Tudor-arched
open porch has roll-moulded parapet with raised centre panel containing arms of
Bishop Lord Crewe. Panelled double door and Gothic overlight. Ground-floor
Tudor-arched and upper square-headed 2-light windows have Gothic tracery and
glazing bars in raised, chamfered surrounds under dripmoulds. Lancets in towers
also have raised stone surrounds; slits at top of towers. Parapets, battlemented
between towers. Hipped roof has end chimneys. At rear an arcade of 3 large round
arches, with rounded open triangular lights in spandrels, on round columns, and
cusped light at west end, supporting a terrace. Projecting right wing 2 storeys,
4 bays in similar style to main front; then a renewed stone bay under brick gable
has a 2-storey, one-bay gabled projection with buttresses, a blocked elliptical
brick arch, and large crow-steps with chamfered coping.

Interior: rear stone-vaulted basement has chamfered round arches. C17 stair has
closed string, richly-carved newels and brackets, vase-and-twist balusters
supporting panelled handrail with high grip. Entrance hall has bolection-moulded
plaster panelling; stucco cornices in hall and some rooms and many 2-panelled
doors. Part of City wall probably incorporated at right.

Listing NGR: NZ2731142149

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Source: English Heritage

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