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Description: Furzedown House and Attached Conservatory, Now Theatre
Date Listed: 14 November 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 207217
OS Grid Reference: TQ2864171078
OS Grid Coordinates: 528641, 171078
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4241, -0.1512
The following building shall be added:-
TQ 27 SE
Furzedown House and
4/101 attached Conservatory,
House now secondary school. 1800-02 altered and extended 1862-67 by
James Thomas Knowles to include conservatory. House gault brick, with hipped
slate roofs. Stone dressings. Upper storey said to be refaced by Knowles. Main
block, 3 storeys with 2 storey wings to south east and north west. Garden front
in 5 bays with central 3 bays breaking forward slightly . Central entrance, now
with pair of glazed doors, full height windows to left and right, some retaining
small paned sashes, some with French windows. Upper 2 storeys have casements with
top lights, but in original openings. Windows have flat gault brick arches.
Moulded stone band between 2nd and 3rd storeys. Modillion cornice to oversailing
eaves. Plain brick stacks with stone copings. Continuous verandah, reached by
flight of stone steps,SE return, 2 bays with 3 storey elliptical bow to one bay,
retaining 2 ground floor original sashes (the third now French windows); upper
storey sashes. Slender iron balcony to left floor of bow. Rendered band across
2nd bay. Flight of 5 elliptical steps to ground floor. Entrance front similarly
detailed, with added porch of 1860s with stone balustraded parapet. Retains
ground floor sashes with glazing bars. 2 storey wing to SE, has to NW tall ground
floor windows beneath semicircular headed arches with radial glazing bars.
Interior: Open well staircase, with cast iron balustrade of 1860s. Moulded
mahogony rail. Most ground floor doors are of 6 raised and fielded panels in
moulded architraves, with entablature above set on moulded brackets. Said to be
an original grate set in carved chimney piece. Single storey canted bay and 2
storey 2 bay block to conservatory. Limestone. Felt-clad barrel roof. Garden
front in 7 bays with set back additional single bays to each end. Symmetrical
garden front with central entrance, reached by flight of 7 stone steps.
Semicircular headed full height openings with plain glazed French windows, between
pilasters with rosettes to the necking: pierced circular motif to the spandrels.
Segmental pediment above entrance, the tympanum bearing elaborate relief showing
crowned figure paying homage to a rustic belle, with supporting figures. Stone
parapet of pierced circles. Single bay to right similarly detailed. To left,
central bay similarly detailed, flanked by blank panels between pilasters.
Interior: cast iron barrel vault with latticed ribs tapering to the crown, and
supported on pierced brackets into pendentives resting on piers between the
windows. End walls in 3 bays reflecting detailing of exterior, with frieze of
linked pierced circles, and pilasters, paired between arched openings, detailed on
Listing NGR: TQ2864171078
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Source: English Heritage
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