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St Swithun House, Lewes

Description: St Swithun House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 293157

OS Grid Reference: TQ4136209995
OS Grid Coordinates: 541362, 109995
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8722, 0.0077

Location: St Swithun's Lane, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XW

Locality: Lewes
Local Authority: Lewes District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN7 1XW

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Listing Text

9/175 & 14/175 (south side)

25.2.52 No 82 (St Swithun House)


House, now bank. Early C18, altered in late C18 and early C19. Stuccoed
with bracketted cornice and parapet to roof. 3 storeys; regular 5 window
front, glazing bar sashes in slightly segment-headed surrounds with cills
and raised keystones. Central Diocletian window on second floor with
projecting flagpole. Central entrance with Ionic pilasters and entablature,
fanlight and moulded spandrels. Six-panel door. Interior: Banking hall,
formerly two rooms. Two C18 fire-surrounds, that to rear early C18 with
eared surround with palmette and ribbonwork mouldings. Bolection mould with
acanthus decoration and central swag on panel to cornice with egg and dart and
ribbonwork decoration. Large overmantel with eared surround with Greek key
decoration and ropework inner surround. Lowest border with variant of
Vitruvian scroll and palmette decoration. Fire-surround to High Street with
panelled pilasters with attenuated drops and single rows Corinthian capitals.
Palmettes over in frieze with swags and central urn on panel. Corniced
mantel with acanthus and ribbonwork decoration. Various fragments of C18
panelling throughout banking hall. Further part with columnar screen to left,
fluted Doric columns and pilasters asymmetrically placed. Wide moulded seg-
mental arch with radiating fanlight and antae to former inner door to left of
High Street room. Cornice to further part of banking hall with egg and dart
decoration and profiled modillions. Early or mid C18 spiral staircase with
early C19 stick balusters and rail. Profiled cheekpieces and dado panelling.
First floor room to front: Early C17 panelling, early C18 cornice and early
C18-type fireplace, possibly early C20. Stair hall: Panelled archway with
fluted doubled antae and keyblock. First floor rooms to rear: Mid C17
panelling and pair of early C18 eared fire-surrounds with pulvinated friezes
and cornice-mantels.

Listing NGR: TQ4136709982

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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