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Description: School of Oriental Studies (Elvet Hill)
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 110201
OS Grid Reference: NZ2703541095
OS Grid Coordinates: 427035, 541095
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7641, -1.5814
DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE ELVET HILL ROAD
NZ24SE (West side off)
4/149 School of Oriental
Studies (Elvet Hill)
Villa, now university department. Circa 1820 by Ignatius Bonomi for himself;
raised and altered late C19.
Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar plinth, quoins and dressings. Lakeland
slate roof with stone copings and stacks. Irregular plan. Gothic style.
2 storeys, the 3 left bays under a wide and a narrow gable with attics. 2
right bays set back. In third bay a parch with renewed door in Tudor-
arched entrance; inserted window in similar arch on right return. Battle-
mented 2-storey canted bay at extreme left. Windows vary from one to six
lights, stone-mullioned, many with Tudor-arched or cusped heads to lights,
and most with hoodmoulds. Sundial dated 1913 above door, and carved coat
of arms on porch right return. High-pitched roofs with fleur-de-lys gable
finals. Inserted dormer at right. Irregular left return has projecting
stack with 3 octagonal shafts in right bay. Interior shows much original
decoration: panelled hall with stone chimney-piece; panelled library ceiling
with Tudor-flower bosses; moulded cornice to this and other rooms. Well-
preserved door and window woodwork.
Listing NGR: NZ2703541095
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Source: English Heritage
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