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Description: Belmont School
Date Listed: 11 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 290025
OS Grid Reference: TQ1149144520
OS Grid Coordinates: 511491, 144520
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1890, -0.4060
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ABINGER C.P. PASTUREWOOD ROAD
6/55 Belmont School
Former Country House, now school. 1879-1880 by G. Redmayne to plans of
Alfred Waterhouse for Price Waterhouse, extended in 1881-2, 1887 and 1889.
Bargate stone rubble with hot orange brick dressings, tile hung to first floor
right. Paler stone rubble to left with ashlar dressings, red brick dressings
in later wing. Plain tiled roofs under ridge cresting. L-shaped plan with
projecting wing to left and courtyard to front. Two storeys and attics over
basement. Panelled brick ridge stacks to left of centre and to centre on left
hand wing, diagonal stacks to right of main gable. Three gabled dormers to main
range with heavy bargeboards and casement windows under patterned top-lights.
One first floor window under tile pentice to right, three segmental-head, 3-light,
wood-framed stained glass windows to ground floor right alternating with
buttresses on sill course and raised up, in splayed surrounds. Range to left of
centre set back with 3 first floor and two ground floor windows under cambered
heads, string course over ground floor. Gabled bay in angle of two wings with
coved half-timber gable over. One window on each floor below, 3-light casement
in gable. Newer range to left with central gabled entrance bay. One window on
each floor and door under pentice hood porch. Square brick bay across angle to
end with gallery to first floor connecting the two. Large entrance gable on
main house with square, stained-glass, wood-framed, splay-sided oriel window with
very decorative glazing. Ribbed brick corbel with moulded courses below. Ten
trefoil-head upper lights and single window in supporting pillar. Triple foliate-
grilled openings to basement. Segmental head entrance to right in gable with
moulded, splay-sided edges and hood mould over. Triple panel above containing
bas-reliefs by Professor Joseph Kopf of the three daughters - Theresa, Ellen and
Valentine - representing Faith, Hope and Charity. Tiled floor to porch recess
with panelled surround to main door. Fine Celtic style scrolled hinges and arched
panels to sides. Right hand return front:- Timber framed full height bay over
basement with decorative framing and dated stack - "1889 E.W.". Rear:- Gable to
left with square bay below. Further gables to centre and right. Pentice roofed
verandah across ground floor with braced posts.
Interior:- Dining Room - (former Library) coved fireplace with foliage and dog-
tooth pattern panelling over lintel. Pierced floral patterns below and crocketed
niches to ends. Inscription carved over fireplace half in Dutch half in Latin.
Flanking scrolls and panelled Inglenooks with bench seating,either side of
chimney breast covered with original William Morris wallpaper of paired bird and
flower pattern. Sunflower band to top of fireplace. Original high-gloss peacock
tiles on grate. Panelled ceilings with cornices and some panelled bookcases with
C-scroll hinges. Living/Study Room - Panelled ceiling with large floral plaster
frieze. Main Hall - Full height with 3-bay double gallery to end on braced and
moulded posts; wider centre bay, narrower flanking bays. Angel corbels to Queen-
post roof, and splat balusters to main staircase balustrade. 5 artificial stone
panels on one wall with representations of music. Entrance doors to end down 5
marble steps. Fireplace on side wall with coved top,flanking benches and
mirrored overmantle. Billeted dado panels and cinquefoil hood,. Tiled fireplaces
survive on first floor in an unusually complete interior.
Listing NGR: TQ1149144520
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Source: English Heritage
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