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The Downton Press The White Horse, Downton

Description: The Downton Press The White Horse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 23 March 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 319591

OS Grid Reference: SU1750521490
OS Grid Coordinates: 417505, 121490
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9925, -1.7519

Location: South Lane, Downton, Wiltshire SP5 3LY

Locality: Downton
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SP5 3LY

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There is also a scheduled monument, Village cross, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

SU 1721
5/32 No 62 (The White
Horse) and No 64 (The
Downton Press)
22.3.60 II

the grade -shall be amended to II*.


SU 1721
(south side)
5/32 No 62 (The White Horse)
and No 64 (The Downton Press)


Inn and shop. Late C15 open hall with cross wing, early C16 range
to east, rebuilt c.1700. Timber-framing faced in Flemish bond
brick with vitrified headers, tiled roof with brick stacks. 4-bay
cross wing to west, central hall range with screens passage and 6-
bay range to east. 2-storey, 5-window front of c.1700. To left
is C19 shop front with 4-panelled door to Number 64, to left of
central range is tall 6-panelled and studded door, in beaded case
with porch on Tuscan columns, to left are two cross windows. Cross
wing to right projects slightly to front; half-glazed door in
panelled reveals with flat wooden hood on brackets, blind window to
right and two plate-glass sashes to left. Stone plat band to first
floor, to left is cross window, two blind windows and French window
over main door, to right are three 6-pane sashes and one blind
window; all with flat arches. Two round arched niches to first
floor of left part have busts of King John and Queen Isabella,
probably C18 replicas of C13 busts. Coved eaves cornice. Right
return has three 6-pane sashes and two pairs of plate-glass sashes,
3-brick plat band to first floor; three 6-pane sashes,and one blind
window. To rear is cross wing projecting to left, now services to
inn, in English bond brick, with C20 windows. Single-storey
extension to left is former slaughter house with half-hipped roof
and segmental-headed openings. Main range has tall elliptical-
arched opening to left with half-glazed door, to right is
elliptical-arched opening with C20 window, both with keystones and
imposts, to right are three small casements and C20 door, gabled
dormer to catslide roof.
Interior retains screens passage, probably used as through-way for
horses. Complete original roof structure over all three parts of
building; cross wing has 4-bay roof, formerly open, with one tier
of clasped purlins and central closed truss with cranked tie-beam
and arched 'v' queen struts to cambered collar. Central 2-bay open
hall range with screens passage has roof with one tier of clasped
purlins and similar trusses to cross wing, but with cambered ties
and collars, east 6-bay range of 2 storeys has Western screens
passage and roof with two tiers of clasped chamfered, purlins, all
with curved wind braces and varying trusses, including a good arch-
braced collar truss with fine moulding to soffit, to west. C17
inserted floor to central range has chamfered beam with step and
runout stops. The newel to spiral staircase survives minus the
treads. 4-panelled C19 doors.
(Unpublished records of RCHM (England), Salisbury.
1801 Buckler drawing of busts in niches: British Library)

Listing NGR: SU1750521490

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Source: English Heritage

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