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Description: St Mary's School
Date Listed: 22 April 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 251233
OS Grid Reference: SU3983687733
OS Grid Coordinates: 439836, 187733
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5871, -1.4264
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WANTAGE NEWBURY STREET
SU3987 (East side)
7/136 St. Mary's School
Town house, now school. c.1730, second storey added and extended to right and
left in late C19; dormitory wing by Butterfield 1874. Flared Flemish bond brick
with red brick quoins and dressings; old tile roof; brick stacks. Central
staircase plan. Early Georgian style. Originally 2 storeys, now 3 storeys;
5-window range, with pedimented central bay. Gauged brick pediment with Doric
entablature and pilasters to 6-panelled door. Gauged brick cambered arches over
2 cellar windows and C18 sashes with half-H aprons. Red brick storey band and
dentilled and moulded eaves. Roughcast late C19 second storey has sashes and
bracketed cornice over central bay which has lunette flanked by double pilaster
strips. Gabled roof; end stacks. Two late C19 bays in similar style to right of
front. Rear rebuilt and extended in late C19 with lean-to roof over passage with
Diocletian windows leading to chapel (q.v.). Interior: Some C18 two-panelled
doors and panelled shutters. Panelled room and fine fireplace to right. Central
dog-leg stairs have fluted column-on-vase balusters on open string banisters
ramped to fluted newel posts, elaborate carved brackets; panelled dado with
fluted pilasters. First floor has panelled rooms to centre and left, latter with
fine fireplace. Subsidiary features: 2-storey dormitory wing by Butterfield,
1874, with attic storey added c.1890-1900, of red brick with yellow brick diaper
work between ground- and first-floor windows, offset buttresses, limestone
ashlar bands at window sill and impost levels; rendered mock timber-framing to
first floor; one-light cusped windows in 13-window ground-floor range and narrow
first-floor sashes; club tile hung gables of second floor have sashes. Similar
style block to rear left.
(Buildings of England: Berkshire, p.254; Paul Thompson, William Butterfield,
Listing NGR: SU3983687733
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