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Description: Malmesbury House
Date Listed: 28 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 318977
OS Grid Reference: SU1454529642
OS Grid Coordinates: 414545, 129642
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0659, -1.7938
No 15 (Malmesbury House)
SU 1429 NE 4/46 28.2.52.
Originally known as Copt Hall. 1 st house demolished 1399, rebuilt 1416.
C14/C16 work in part built in the Close Wall, St Anne's Gate qv for east front.
Late C17/early C18 recasing. 2 storeys and attic. Ashlar stone,
West front - plain 1st floor string. Deep moulded and coved cornice. Steep
pitched hipped old tile roof. Tall hipped central dormer with cornice and
architrave frame. 7 windows on lst floor with small keystones. The 2
windows flanking central window are narrow 2 panes wide. Similar arrangement
on ground floor restored, central entrance with narrow flanking windows.
Door is stone architrave with keystone console brackets to moulded pediment.
The south front has 1 dormer, 2 windows glazing bars restored. Large
painted sundial dated 1749, inscription: "Life is but a walking shadow ".
East front see under St Anne's Gate. North front has 1 canted dormer
with hipped roof. Good circa 1760 superimposed canted bay windows centred
on this front. "Gothic" details with ogee heads to sash lights with inter-
secting glazing bars. Taller on ground floor with French casement to centre.
The roof of 1st floor bay is leaded and shaped, Very fine interior. Good
spacious staircase circa 1780, with twisted balusters, open string, moulded
cut brackets. Stucco decoration with niches for busts. Rococo stucco work
in main rooms. On lst floor the library, light by 1st floor bay window on
north front, has very good early Gothic Revival decoration, the mantlepiece
still entirely Rococo; the vault of the bay window has leaf ribs.
All of circa 1760, but the ceiling circa 1800 or later. Another small Rococo
mantlepiece in room with oriel overlooking St John's Street-Exeter Street.
The room over St Anne's Gate uv is part of same property.
Nos 14, 14A,St Anne's Gate and No 15 form a very picturesque group.
All the listed building sin the Close form an outstanding group.
Listing NGR: SU1454029660
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Source: English Heritage
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