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Leigh House, Winsham

Description: Leigh House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 February 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 262244

OS Grid Reference: ST3558506210
OS Grid Coordinates: 335585, 106210
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8518, -2.9164

Location: Winsham, Somerset TA20 4HW

Locality: Winsham
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA20 4HW

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Listing Text


Leigh House

Large country house, now divided into 4 units. 1617, modified 1893. Built for the Henley Family. Local lias stone
ashlar, Ham stone dressings; Welsh slate roofs between moulded coped gables with obelisk and ball finials. 'E'-plan;
east elevation 2 storeys with attics, 5 bays; the outer bays project for 2-bay depth, and the central bay has a slight
projectin. Plinth, moulded string above first floor windows, with gables to each bay; ovolo-mould mullioned windows in
wave-mould surrounds: the ground floor 5-light with labels, those to bays 2 and 4 taller with transomes, with 5-light
and 2-light windows in the returns of the end bays all with labels; the pattern repeated on first floor but with
4-light windows in place of 5-liqht, and no labels; 3-light windows with labels to all attic gables: centre bay has a
moulded semi-circular open arch with imposts and square label, above which is a square plaque bearing the Henley arms,
then a 4-light transomed and a 3-light attic window matching the remainder; the rainwater stockheads in the corners
dated 1893. South elevation of 6 bays to match, of which bays 1 and 2 are only 2-storey and may be a later addition;
the windows to these bays are a 4-light transomed unit to lower bay 2, and 2- and 4-lights, above with a
cambered-arched doorway under a square label to lower by 1. Bays 3 to 6 are two-storey with attic, with gables to each
bay; bay 3 has a 3-light window to each level, bay 4 has a 1+4+1 light angled bay window 2 floors high, the lower
window transomed, with plain parapet and flat roof, with 3-light window to attic; bay 5 has a 4-light and a 3-light at
mezzanine level, and under these an ovolo-mou1ded cambered-arched doorway in rectangular recess under a square label,
the gable to this bay having a chimney stack to its crown: bay 6 has a 1+3+1 light angled bay window 2 floors high and
a 3-light attic window: all windows rectangular-leaded: one rainwater stackhead dated 1617. North elevation similar in
character, but with sundry C19 and C20 additions to the north-east corner. Interiors not accessible, but ground floor
south-east- corner room has early C17 panelling; other panelled rooms and a thin-ribbed plaster ceiling are reported
(Pevsner, N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST3558506210

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Source: English Heritage

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