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Description: Number 88 (The Chantry House) and Attached Forecourt Walls and Gateway
Date Listed: 1 August 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 235180
OS Grid Reference: SP6935648684
OS Grid Coordinates: 469356, 248684
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1321, -0.9882
There is also a scheduled monument, Bury Mount Motte Castle, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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TOWCESTER WATLING STREET EAST
13/159 No.88 (The Chantry House) and
01/08/76 attached forecourt walls and
(Formerly listed as No.88 (The
Chantry) and Forecourt Wall at
No.88 (The Chantry House))
House. C15 with considerable C18 and C19 alterations. Coursed squared ironstone
and limestone, slate roof, stone end stacks. 2-unit through-passage plan.
2-storey, 4-window range. C19 studded plank door to left of centre in moulded
wood surround and late C18 pedimented wood doorcase. The door is recessed in
front with remains of original jettied timber-framed first floor above. 3-light
C19 wood mullion and transom windows to ground floor with stop-chamfered
lintels. Projecting tower to left end, originally a stair-turret, with moulded
stone coping. 3- and 2- light C19 casement windows to first floor with
stop-chamfered lintels. Stone-coped gables with kneelers. Attached forecourt
walls of coursed squared ironstone and limestone with ridged ironstone coping.
C15 gateway to middle of front wall has chamfered jambs and many-moulded arch
with 4-centred head. The wall is stepped up above gateway. Interior: 2-bay
ground floor hall has moulded cross-beam ceiling and Tudor-arched stone
fireplace with chamfered jambs and many-moulded head. Stone relief incorporated
in wall probably C17 with allegorical figure of Victory blowing a trumpet. Built
as a house for the two priests serving Archdeacon Sponne's chantry (q.v. Church
of St. Lawrence), suppressed at the Reformation. Bought back in 1552 by the
trustees of Sponne's Charity for use as a grammer school. Served as school and
master's house until 1866, when it became a house.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.435; A Towcester Trail (leaflet),
1983, published by The Towcester Local History Society).
Listing NGR: SP6935648684
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Source: English Heritage
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