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St John's Priory, Castle Cary

Description: St John's Priory

Grade: II
Date Listed: 18 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 262001

OS Grid Reference: ST6393932566
OS Grid Coordinates: 363939, 132566
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0913, -2.5163

Location: 14 Florida Street, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7DL

Locality: Castle Cary
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA7 7DL

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Listing Text

St. John's Priory
(Florida House)


Detached house. 1877. Built for J S Donne, of the Flax Mills family, designed by
Charles Bell. Doulting and Bath stone ashlar; plain clay tile roof between coped gables,
ashlar chimney stacks with ornamental caps. Two storeys with attic, 3 bay south elevation.
Plinth, polychrome stonework; sash windows, glazing bars having semi-circular arch
design; bay 1 has single-storey projecting square bay window with flat roof, open
balustrade and corner ball finials; of 1+3+1 lights; above 3 windows grouped in
decorative false gable planted on real gable, which has segmented arched pediment at
crown, with ball finial: bay 2 has open porch recess with heavy doors in semi-circular
arch carried on non- classical columns under dentilled string, carved spandrils; plain
single window above, then rises a tower with rectangular window at attic floor level
and above a belvedere with 3 semi-circular arched windows each face, set under
lead-covered bell-hip roof with wrot-iron finial and weathervane; bay 3 has single
windows, lower under string hood, upper under carved semi-circular arch and then false
gable with semi- circular pediment and ball finial. West elevation of 5 bays to match;
angled bay window both levels bay 1 under lean-to hipped roof against ornamental coped
gable, of 1+2+1 windows; single window upper bay 2, blank below, and to both levels bays
3 and 5, each with segmental pedimented false gable over; to bay 4 a projecting chimney
stack from first level up. Later extensions to north and east not of special interest.
Interior not seen, but a mantlepiece and recess, by Reid and Co, illustrated in The
Builder 19th May 1888.
Very much a show-house, it is now the Priory of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified.
(McGarvie M, Castle Cary: Avalon Industries, 1980).

Listing NGR: ST6393932566

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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