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Description: Stroud Court
Date Listed: 24 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 132964
OS Grid Reference: ST8668899342
OS Grid Coordinates: 386688, 199342
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6927, -2.1940
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ST 89 NE MINCHINHAMPTON AVENING VALLEY
7/171 Stroud Court
Former large mill-owner's house, now autistic residential home;
c1800 for William Playne; considerable c1830 enlargement to east.
1892 remodelling and addition of staircase hall, billiard room and
conservatory. Coursed rubble and squared dressed limestone;
ashlar chimneys; Welsh and asbestos slate roofs. Central 2-storey
range with 3-storey end blocks. North (entrance) front: 2
balancing 3-storey blocks each with 3-window fenestration, 12-pane
sashes to ground and middle floors, 6-pane to upper floor.
Modillion eaves cornice to each block with blocking course. Block
to right is original c1800 house with central projecting porch
having Tuscan pedimented doorway with double panelled doors.
Ground floor of left block is obscured by single-storey service
wing behind screen wall. Central linking range together with left
block are c1830, central range having off-centre hipped roofed
staircase wing with 3 large sash windows having marginal glazing
bars. Flat-roofed enclosed porch below. Chimneys are generally
parapet mounted on end walls of each block, each with swept base
and plain caps. West end: 2-window fenestration, Venetian windows
to ground floor, tripartite sashes to floors above. South (garden)
side: original 3-window fenestration of outer blocks disturbed by
later additions, left (west) block receiving off-centre 2-storey
canted bay window, single-storey billiard room addition to right
block has canted mullioned and transomed bay window with Venetian
windows at centre. Glazed sky-light at centre of roof.
Interior: many rooms retain reeded cornices and Regency
architraves, original staircase in west block having been destroyed
in C20 fire. Hall in central range extensively remodelled in
Jacobean revival style, possibly by F.S. Waller, large open well
timber staircase having heavy newel posts with solid pyramidal
finials; some linenfold panelling. Stone hall fireplace also
Jacobean in style. Billiard room (date panel 'Oct 17 1892' on
external wall with initials 'ATP' and 'MEP') has coved timber
ceiling, stained glass to skylight. The extensive additions to
this house are indicative of the success of the woollen cloth
manufacturing at the nearby Longfords Mills, Stroud Court
originally being named Longfords House. Dominates view from road
on opposite side of valley.
(N.M. Herbert, 'Minchinhampton' in V.C.H. Glos. xi, 1976, pp 184-
207; and D. Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1976)
Listing NGR: ST8668899342
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Source: English Heritage
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