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Summers Place, Billingshurst

Description: Summers Place

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 299738

OS Grid Reference: TQ0946227163
OS Grid Coordinates: 509462, 127163
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0334, -0.4403

Location: Stane Street, Billingshurst RH14 9AD

Locality: Billingshurst
Local Authority: Horsham District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: RH14 9AD

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Listing Text


Summers Place
TQ 02 NE 10/7



Country house in landscaped gardens. Circa 1865 in a mixed Neo-Gothic/French
Renaissance style. Red brick with Bath stone dressings. Plain tiled roofs with
ridge cresting. Complicated picturesquely-asymmetrical symmetrical plan, (the
symmetry of plan almost hidden by asymmetry of fenestration, etc). Entrance
elevation: 2 storeys with some garrets in cross-wings. E-Plan with central
entrance projection and end wings with re-entrant angle blocks, all gabled with
parapets, kneelers and finials. Almost regular 9 window front, with 2 gabled
semi-dormers on either side of the entrance, and canted bays on endmost wings,
that to right 2-storey and embattled, that to left on first floor only, with hipped
roof and full-width deeply projecting square bay below. Rounded bay with parapet
on ground-floor of re-entrant angle wing adjoining. Ground-floor of recess to left
hidden by parapetted extension. 2-storey traceried pointed-arched stair window on
re-entrant angle wing to right. Central projection with octagonal corner buttresses
rising to height of gable with machicolated caps and gargoyles at string level over
first-floor. Very tall first-floor oriel on semi-circular plan with stepped stone
conical roof, panelled tracery below windows and moulded stiff-leaf decoration to
underside. All windows transomed and mullioned with some leading and stained glass,
particularly in staircase window. 3-centred arch to entrance on ground-floor of
central projection, with squared surround on shafts, hood-mould decorated spandrels
and panelled boarded door with traceried tops to panels. Rear elevation: Similar
with first-floor oriel-turret at left corner with steep conical roof. Interior:
Hall: arcaded screen neo-Jacobean plaster ceiling. Large stone neo-French Gothic
hooded fireplace with traceried panelling and heavily moulded surround and four-
centred arch. Library: bookcases with glazing and nail-head decoration. Fireplace
with compartmented overmantel framing mirror, fire-surround of black tiles with
storks in white and gold and stone four-centred arched fireplace. Staircase:
Imperial with short intermediate flights. Open traceried balustrades.

Listing NGR: TQ0946227163

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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