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Former School and School House, Grittleton

Description: Former School and School House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 315845

OS Grid Reference: ST8711678814
OS Grid Coordinates: 387116, 178814
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5081, -2.1870

Location: Grittleton, Wiltshire SN14 7LD

Locality: Grittleton
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN14 7LD

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Listing Text

ST 87 NE

7/34 Former School and School House


School and school-teacher's house, 1848 by James Thomson for Joseph
Neeld of Grittleton, incorporating important C14 stonework from
Leigh Delamere Church (q.v.), then being rebuilt. Rubble stone
with ashlar dressings, stone slate roofs and coped gables. West
front gable carries the exceptional C14 bellcote of Leigh Delamere
Church, ashlar, square-plan set diagonally with massive corbels out
to west and east, pointed openings and row of five shafts at
angles, with carved capitals. Shafts to north and south extend
further down and have shaft-rings. Octagonal stone spire with
finial and raised circular plinths above angles of bell-stage.
Gable below has wave-moulded pointed open arch, former chancel
arch, and lancet panel over. Heavy buttresses each side. Within
porch, doorway to School House to north, C19 depressed pointed and
C14 moulded pointed centre door to schoolroom with fine C15 small
canopied niche with original carved Virgin and Child. C19
depressed pointed doorway to south. South wall has Perpendicular
4-light flat-headed window with cusped lights and hoodmould,
possibly also reused. Schoolroom within is outstanding example of
a very small village school of the mid C19 with original
furnishing, edge-grain wood-block floor and fireplace. The east
wall incorporates the C15 reredos from Leigh Delamere. Three
taller canopied niches, the canopies cut back, and 6 smaller niches
between, these with paired finials over each, shields between
finials and fleuron frieze above, between taller niches. On the
outside east wall is the blocked east window of the church, of 3
stepped lights with cusped heads. To north, School House has 2-
gable, 2-storey front with stack in valley, diagonal buttresses and
two 2-light windows each floor. One 2-light with cusped-head
lights on west side. The school opened April 1849, closed 1913,
and for the whole period had the same teacher.
(N. Pevsner, Wiltshire, 1975, 467)

Listing NGR: ST8711678814

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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