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Description: West Downs School (Main Range)
Date Listed: 23 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 144912
OS Grid Reference: SU4681029405
OS Grid Coordinates: 446810, 129405
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0621, -1.3334
SU 42 NE
12/42 ROMSEY ROAD
West Downs School
Preparatory school. c.1880, architect Thomas Stopher, a local man who was also
5 times Mayor of Winchester, as a grammar school, in a mixture of Gothic and
Queen Anne styles. Long range of red brick, the front elevation faced with
flints with some stone marble and red brick dressings Tiled roof with crested
ridge tiles and 5 tall brick chimneystacks with end gables having lunette
windows. 2 storeys and attic. The front elevation is punctuated by 2
features, a tall water tower on the right hand side and a curved Dutch gable
to the left which break up the 3 ranges of 1 staffroom block and 2 classroom
blocks. The water tower projects above the roof and has a crenellated
parapet, modillion cornice and brick St Andrew's Cross in brickwork. Louvred
lancet window. Below this is a 2 storey 4 light stone oriel with trefoliated
mullioned and transomed windows to the upper part with blank shields below and
Caernarvon arched heads below. Brick arched doorcase below.
The Dutch gable has 1 cambered sash window with no glazing bars to attic, 2
narrow cambered sashes to 1st floor and wide 4 centred arched doorcase with
hood moulding and 2 half-glazed double doors with fanlights above. Between
these 2 features are 3 ranges, each having 6 hipped dormers with 16 pane
windows, the central one of each being extended downwards for loading doors.
Brick modillion eaves cornice. Row of 5 small oculi below modillion cornice.
Each range has 3 triple cambered sashes without glazing bars with brick
surrounds and some black brick headers. Triangular shaped brick window
dressings and quoins. End left bay has large 4 light bay window through both
floors. Double brick band between ground and 1st floors. Plinth. Rear
elevation has some lancet windows to 1st floor.
Listing NGR: SU4684629410
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Source: English Heritage
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