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Description: Former National School and Schoolmaster's House
Date Listed: 14 June 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 112241
OS Grid Reference: NZ2255033780
OS Grid Coordinates: 422550, 533780
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6986, -1.6516
NZ 23 SW SPENNYMOOR CHURCH STREET
5/35 (inset) Former National
National school and schoolmaster's house. Dated 1852 over house window.
Possibly by G.Y. Wall, architect of Church of St. Peter, Byers Green (q.v.).
Coursed squared sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings and quoins; Welsh
slate roof with stone gable copings and ridge. Jacobean style. 2-storey,
3-bay house has first bay projecting under front gable; chamfered stone
surround to renewed door in second bay under relieving arch; similar treatment
to windows, with 2 lights in outer bays and one over door, the lower blocked
and the upper with glazing bars; late C19 sash over door. Right end window
on first floor breaks eaves under gable; low-relief date in panel in left
bay gable peak. Steeply-pitched roof has copings on curved kneelers. Right
return has external stack with offsets; chimney removed. Right return
continuous with school attached to rear of house: one storey, 2 wide bays,
with central buttress flanked by gabled blocked windows breaking eaves. Rear
gable of school has tracery in high 2-centred-arched window. Left -return has
one-storey cross wing to school, with paired 8-pane sashes.
House empty at time of survey; school used as church hall.
Unsigned plans are similar in type of handwriting to those of Church of St.
Peter. It is likely that a professional architect would have signed them;
St. Peter was designed by a 'land agent'.
Source: Durham County Record Office E/SB P8.
Listing NGR: NZ2255033780
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Source: English Heritage
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