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The Vyne, Sherborne St John

Description: The Vyne

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 April 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 139033

OS Grid Reference: SU6362756816
OS Grid Coordinates: 463627, 156816
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3069, -1.0886

Location: Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Hampshire RG24 9HL

Locality: Sherborne St John
Local Authority: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: RG24 9HL

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Listing Text

26.4.57 The Vyne


1500 to 1520, mid C17, C18, C19. The original house for Lord Sandys substantially
remains as a 2-storeyed U-shaped structure, with 3-storeyed towers at the external
corners, and a chapel (1518-27) attached at the east side. The north front was a
symmetrical design of windows, with the added chapel (4 windows) ending in a
half-octagon; the centre 3 bays were altered by the addition of a full-height portico.
Red brick walling in English bond, with diaper patterns, stone weathered bands, plinth,
crenellated parapet. The windows have C17 moulded stone frames, with C18 sashes
within; those of the chapel have the original mullioned and transomed stone frames, the
taller beneath 4 central arches and hood-moulds. The centre 3 bays were altered about
1654, with the provision of a classical portico (said to be the earliest, and by John
Webb) with a pedimented wooden entablature, brick cheeks with wide tall openings,
stucco columns (2 circular within square corner columns), carved stone Corinthian caps;
the interior is also stuccoed, with an upper window (and small balustrade) above the
doorway, both with architraves. The south front has flanking wings which end as gables
containing 2-storeyed (C18) bays, there is a projecting wing of one bay in each angle
(together with a stack) and a projecting centrepiece with a C19 2-storeyed porch, of windows. The walling is the same, with a plain parapet. Stone classical
doorcases occur in the end blocks (facing inwards) and in the centre, and between them
is a shallow paved court bounded by a balustrade. On the east side are basement
windows of the original structure. The house is notable for its interiors, which
include a first-floor gallery lined with linen-fold wainscot, panelled rooms, an
original interior to the chapel with panelling and stained glass, and a classical
staircase hall of about 1780, having Doric and Corinthian Orders and coffered ceilings.
Note: there is an extensive bibliography about the Vyne, which now belongs to the
National Trust.

Listing NGR: SU6271556115

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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