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Avishays, Chaffcombe

Description: Avishays

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 February 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 262133

OS Grid Reference: ST3521609255
OS Grid Coordinates: 335216, 109255
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8791, -2.9222

Location: Summer Lane, Chaffcombe, Somerset TA20 4AF

Locality: Chaffcombe
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA20 4AF

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Listing Text

4/6 Avishays


Large detached house. Partly C17, but substantially altered 1745-1759 and in C20. Red brick in Flemish bond with Ham
stone ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roofs between stepped coped gables, some of which have ball finials; brick and
stone chimney stacks. Double roof plan with north crosswing and further extension northwards, 2 storeys; east
elevation, probably very late C17, of 5 bays, of which bays 2 to 4 project slightly. Plinth, rusticated quoins, cornice
band, shallow parapet; hollow-chamfered mullioned windows in chamfered recesses, except that to lower bay 2 which has a
wave-mould recess, all 3-light except upper bay 3 which is 2-light, and all rectangular leaded: to lower bay 3 a
6-panel door in cambered-arched suround, with timber shell hood over. The north crosswing abuts bay 5 and is 3-bays
wide, having 2-light plain beaded mullions with shallow architraves, rectangular-leaded with internal iron bars; on the
ridge a small timber bell turret: dated rainwater stackhead of 1759; plain end gable. South elevation has a double
gable, with plinth, cornice band and rusticated quoins: to each floor are four 12-pane sash windows in stone
architraves, with flat hoods to ground floor windows. West elevation of 7 bays, generally matching that of the south
gables, but bays 3 to 5 projecting slightly under a pediment; 12-pane sash windows to all but lower bays 3 and 5, which
have deeper 18-pane windows, and lower bay 4 which has small-paned French doors set into plain recess, protected by an
open porch having Ionic stone columns and entablature with segmental pediment, probably of early C20. Further wing
added to north, probably C19. Interior not accessible, but noted were window shutters, panelled rooms of several dates,
and a fine baluster staircase of mid C18 style: it is understood that some internal elements come from a house in Bath.
First recorded in 1316 as Aveneleseigh, the property changed hands many times; in C17 the Browne family leased it to
the Sealy family, who purchased it in 1697; this may be the date of the east front: thereafter descendants of the Sealy
family held it until it was sold to a Chard solicitor, Edward Clarke, in 1859. The owner in the mid C18 was Sarah Sealy
who married James Marwood, (died 1767). (VCH Soaerset, Vol IV, 1978, p124).

Listing NGR: ST3521609255

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Source: English Heritage

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