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Nonsuch House, Bromham

Description: Nonsuch House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 March 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 311225

OS Grid Reference: ST9619666036
OS Grid Coordinates: 396196, 166036
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3934, -2.0560

Location: A3102, Bromham, Wiltshire SN15 2EE

Locality: Bromham
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN15 2EE

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Listing Text

(south side)

2/75 Nonsuch House



House, early C18, ashlar with stone slate hipped roof and ashlar
stacks. 2 storeys and attic, 7-window formal main front, extended
by one bay to left. Main front has 3 segment-headed dormers, 2-3-2
window range below with slightly projected centre, panelled parapet
and applied pediment with keyed roundel in tympanum. Raised
plinth, moulded string course and cornice, thin pilaster strips at
angles and angles of centre. One parapet urn survives at right.
All windows are 18-pane sashes in bolection moulded surrounds with
moulded sills. Central 8-panel door in fine bolection-moulded
doorcase with segmental pediment on carved consoles. Floral
ornament in frieze and soffit of pediment. Bay to left projects
with similar parapet cornice and string course. Similar 18-pane
upper window, 3 plain sashes below. Service additions to left in
matching style, probably c1920, one recessed bay then projecting
section with hipped roof. West end of main house has added 2-
storey canted bay in matching style to left and one-window range to
right of 12-pane sashes with matching pilaster strips, string,
cornice and panelled parapet. South-west corner urn. This is end
wall of parallel roofed garden front, possibly early C18 in origin,
altered c1920. Squared rubble stone with 4 hipped dormers and 7-
window range of sashes in plain surrounds, early C20 segmental
pedimented doorcase. Angle pilaster strips to match front.
Sundial dated 1693. Old photographs show that seventh bay is
added. To right 2 storey, 4-window service range, probably all
c1920 with roof hipped to east.
Interior: much remodelled c1920 in C18 styles. Front hall has fine
stamped leather wall-covering and c1920 fireplace. Original
closed-string stair with turned balusters. Room to west has
unusual c1760 fireplace with console scrolls flanking, supporting
maiden's heads in profile relief. South-west room has decorative
scheme in Adam style, possibly wholly of c1920 apart from marble
fireplace with curved plaque. South-east room has C18 marble
fireplace. First floor centre has restored C17 Tudor-arched
fireplace. The house is said to have been built on the site in
1646 for Lord Digby, the estate passed c1700 to William Norris
(1656-1730) who rebuilt it after 1705. An estate map of 1705 shows
a house with steep hipped roof and mid to late C17 detail. House
belonged to the Norris family to 1835, the Meredith-Brown family
1849-c1920. The alterations were carried out for the Bankier
family, owners 1923-30.
(N. Pevsner, Wiltshire, 1975 149; H. Davis, A History of Bromham,
1965; Wiltshire Notes and Queries 1896-8 ii 190-201

Listing NGR: ST9619666036

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Source: English Heritage

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