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Description: Durham School South Building, Frontage Building and Gateway
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 110434
OS Grid Reference: NZ2694341965
OS Grid Coordinates: 426943, 541965
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7719, -1.5827
NZ 24 SE (West side)
4/379 Durham School South
building and Gateway
School buildings. South building 1843-4 by Salvin and Pickering incorporating
an earlier house. Frontage building of slightly later date. Gateway 1927 as
memorial to Graham Campbell Kerr. Roughly-coursed squared sandstone with ashlar
dressings in older parts; hammer-dressed squared stone in later parts, with
similar dressings. Welsh slate roofs with stone copings and stacks, leaded
belfry spire. Modified Gothic style.
South building at left 2 storeys, 5 gabled bays, the 2 at right projecting.
Small Tudor-arched door at right of 3rd bay. Two-light mullioned-and-transomed
windows, those on ground floor under continuous drip string raised to form
hoodmoulds above 2 right windows; 4-centred relieving arches above. First-floor
left windowsin half-dormer gables except for 1 small window at left of 3rd bay,
and round small lights in right gable peaks. Coped plinth, alternating quoins.
Large square gable footstones. Left return shows ground-floor windows in raised
Frontage building 2 storeys, 5 irregular gabled bays. Large buttress at left.
In left bay a large projecting 2-centred-arched entrance, double-chamfered and
with carved spandrels. Band of heraldic panels above. Mullioned-and-transomed
windows, the upper ones with geometric traceried heads. To right of entrance
a small extruded octagonal belfry tower with cusped louvred bell-openings in
drum, and swept spire. Small openings or tracery panels in gables. Third bay
projects and has taller gable with cresset finial; roll finials elsewhere.
Gateway triple screen with large double-chamfered, 2-centred central carriage
archway and flanking pedestrian entrances with flattened Tudor-arched heads
under hoodmoulds. Screen wall with rolled coping stepped up to low central gable.
Listing NGR: NZ2694341965
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