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The Priest House and Adjoining Range, Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Norton St Philip

Description: The Priest House and Adjoining Range, Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 267188

OS Grid Reference: ST8014357629
OS Grid Coordinates: 380143, 157629
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3174, -2.2863

Locality: Norton St Philip
Local Authority: Mendip District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA2 7RS

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Listing Text

The Priest House and adjoining
range, Farleigh Hungerford Castle


House, then farmhouse, now monument. By 1430, extended northwards C17, restored C19, extensive repairs being completed at time of survey (December 1983). Random rubble, sole coursed Doulting stone. Stone slate gabled roof with coping and finial on south gable, ashlar stone chimney stack with tabling and moulded cap marks line of north gable. Abuts east curtain wall of Barbecan (qv), east elevation rises from defensive bank, with cornice and embattled parapet.
2-storey, 3-bay originally 2 window elevation with entrance through moulded doorway in north gable, now incorporated into C17 extension. 2-light, C16 moulded stone mullioned windows with casements. 2-chamfered, pointed arch door
openings, probably C17 with C20 vertical boarded and studded doors. Interior; probably 2 rooms on each floor, with lobbies connected by winding staircase in south west corner now replaced by C20 stairs. Ground floor; central hall and
small room once divided by wooden partitions. First floor; of 4 bays supported on 3 stop chamfered cross beams, central beam with arched sprockets, evidence of painted decoration survives. Medieval fireplace in east wall of Hall, in north
wall a C16 fireplace under flat, keyed, chamfered arch with timber relieving beam overt to right under an elliptical arch, a latrine shaft, south east window retains gudgeons and slots for wooden shutters. First Floor; barrel vaulted
plaster ceiling, with 2 curve braced, collar trusses exposed, moulded rib piece and exposed plates, evidence of wooden partitions. Built for Sir Walter Hungerford to house 2 Chantry priests, separated from Chantry Chapel by narrow paved courtyard. Abutting north gable, C17 extension, random rubble Doulting stone, stone slate gabled roof with 2 ashlar stone chimney stacks with tabling and moulded caps 2-storey, 3-window elevation, entrance on right through chamfered stone framed door. 2-light, hollow chamfered stone mullioned windows. Interior undergoing extensive repair, not available for inspection at time of survey (December 1983). Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 4).

Listing NGR: ST8014357628

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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