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Description: Willsbridge Castle
Date Listed: 15 July 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 28669
OS Grid Reference: ST6638570646
OS Grid Coordinates: 366385, 170646
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4338, -2.4849
5118 HANHAM ABBOTS BATH ROAD
ST 67 SE 4/152
Willsbridge House was built circa 1730 for John Pearsall. The crenellations
were added after 1851 by Capt John Shatton. On prominent hillside site.
Three storeys, crenellated with angle turrets and crenellated parapet.
Rendered apart from castellation, plinth, moulded cornice, parapet and
buttresses. Hipped slate roofs; 3 X 3 bays. Entrance front has buttresses
with 2 set-offs flanking entrance bay, pilastered portico with cornice
and double 6 panel doors with shaped fielded panels, lower 2 reeded. Glazing
bar sash windows except for 2nd floor (plain 2-light casements) in cock-bead
surrounds. Outer 1st and ground floor windows tripartite in Venetian style,
on 1st floor centre light square headed, on ground floor centre light with
intersecting glazing. Some panelled shutters. The applied "castle features
include corner turrets which have 3 set-offs and blind arrow loopes framed
by cill and lintel bands. The south-east front: plate glass sash windows,
the 2 outer ground floor windows are angled bays; left hand turret thicker
than the others and has corbels for a wall-walk. To left of this and set
back is a further 2 bay later Victorian extension, gabled with stepped
buttress to left ending at gate pier for former stable yard.
North-east front has set back extension to main front: single storey rendered
and crenellated. Three bays, glazing bar sashes ending in angled open
turret with cross arrow loops in 2 stages, plinth and plat-bands, plain
door surround with blank shield over.
Interior: south-east ground floor room has mid C18 panelled dado and overmantel
panelling, stone stair with mid-C19 style plain cast-iron balusters with
knops and with mahogany band rail, lit by Perpendicular style 2-light window.
Listing NGR: ST6638570646
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