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Grittleton Stables, Grittleton

Description: Grittleton Stables

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 315877

OS Grid Reference: ST8611779655
OS Grid Coordinates: 386117, 179655
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5156, -2.2014

Location: Grittleton, Wiltshire SN14 6AJ

Locality: Grittleton
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN14 6AJ

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Listing Text

ST 87 NE

7/66 Grittleton Stables


Extensive complex of stables, coach-house and grooms' lodgings,
c1835 by James Thomson for Joseph Neeld of Grittleton. Squared
rubble stone with raised ashlar dressings and low-pitched slate
eaves roofs. 1½ storeys. A sequence of enclosed or partially
enclosed courtyards running west to east. The first, main, court
has west side barn with half-hipped roof and raised ashlar plinth,
quoins and eaves band. To north, low link has open pedimental
gable over carriageway of main entry, doors within entry to north
and south. Link connects to long north side stable range, half-
hipped with six horizontal windows and a door in second bay from
each end. East side has, in line with west entry, a matching open
pedimental gable over carriageway, but buildings each side were
granaries, and are on staddlestones. Roundels to side walls and
doors opening into carriageway. To right, a long 1 1/2 storey range
with hipped roof and ridge stacks. Three ground floor doors and 2
horizontal stable windows, one central shallow-gabled loading door.
A short link to right connects to south range, former grooms'
lodgings. 1½ storeys, with gable to right and end stacks. Windows
are small-paned in raised plain surrounds. Gable end has one upper
window and one each side of centre door. Range to left has two
upper windows in dormer gables and three below. To right is former
coach-house or garage addition with red brick piers and two full
height openings. Roof hipped to west. In centre of court is
remarkable column-dovecote, a large fat circular shaft with 2-stage
painted timber octagonal dovecote on top. To east of main court,
carriageway continues into narrow space with north screen-wall
incorporating a re-used bolection moulded doorway and then between
two matching stable buildings opposed across the carriageway, each
with hipped roof, front ground floor door and first floor arched-
headed loading door in pedimental dormer-gable. Both have raised
plinth, quoins, eaves band and surrounds as elsewhere, also side-
wall raised band incorporating a tripartite window flanked by
roundels. South stable has south end addition, north stable has
long stable range attached to east with door each end and four
horizontal stable windows between. This last faces across a court
at plain, large, 6-bay coach house with ashlar framing to end
openings, all the openings plain and square-headed. Gabled roof
with end-wall roundels. To east, linked, is principal building of
complex, a large 2-storey T-plan range with tall timber boarded
square clock turret on centre ridge, roof hipped to west and east,
gabled to north wing. North end has ground floor ashlar piers with
roundel motifs above, infilled, but designed as two coach entries,
window above in raised plain surround. Main range each side has
north front 3-bay single storey verandah, flat-roofed on three
unfluted Greek Doric ashlar columns, 2-window range each side, the
upper windows in eaves breaking shallow-gabled dormers. West end
has shallow-gabled centrepiece, breaking eaves, over giant moulded
round-arch incorporating lower and upper doors. Ground floor
arched light each side. East end has similar arch but to ground
floor only, arched lights each side, and window over. East and
west angles are clasped at ground floor by massive circular piers
with heavy moulded caps. All stable ranges have original timber
and cast-iron stable fittings.
(Designs for the stables of c1835 are in Courtauld Institute,
London, 607/11 (17/18a) and 607/12 (23a))

Listing NGR: ST8611779655

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Source: English Heritage

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