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The Headmaster's Tower, About 45 Metres North West of Old House, King's School, and Adjacent Walling, Bruton

Description: The Headmaster's Tower, About 45 Metres North West of Old House, King's School, and Adjacent Walling

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 August 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 261623

OS Grid Reference: ST6827534762
OS Grid Coordinates: 368275, 134762
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1113, -2.4546

Location: Lower Backway, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0EF

Locality: Bruton
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA10 0EF

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Listing Text

BRUTON CP PLOX (North West side)
8/150 The Headmaster's Tower, about 45
metres North West of Old House,
King's School, and adjacent
walling to South and East


Gazebo/folly tower. Early C19. Red brick, probably originally rendered, with Doulting stone dressings; lead flat roofs.
In Gothic style, octagonal plan with circular stair turret on West side. 2 storeys. 4-centred arched doorways on South
West and East faces; 2-light trefoil headed unglazed windows to South face and upper East face; plinth, string course
and battlemented parapets. Wing walls of random rubble, average height 3 metres, extending some 23 metres Southwards
and 27 metres Eastwards, the latter terminating in high square ashlar pier (the building on the North East face of this
latter not included in the listing). Tower erected by Headmaster Abrahall (seved from l826-64) possibly in 1834, when
he extended the Old House (qv). The walls represent earlier boundaries to the school. The tower, appropriately, ivy
covered (September 1983). (Couzens P, Bruton in Selwood, Abbey Press, Sherborne, 1972).

Listing NGR: ST6827534762

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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