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The Courthouse, Downton

Description: The Courthouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 23 March 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 319677

OS Grid Reference: SU1748421419
OS Grid Coordinates: 417484, 121419
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9919, -1.7522

Location: South Lane, Downton, Wiltshire SP5 3NA

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

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Listing Text

SU 1721
(east side)
The Courthouse
23/3/60 (formerly listed as Borough House)


Detached house. Dated 1673 on stone corbels on front and rear
walls and interior. English bond brick, tiled roof, gable-end
brick stacks. L-plan. 2-storey, 2-window front. Planked door
with moulded architrave and cornice, to left of centre, to right
are two 2-light recessed chamfered mullioned windows and to left is
one 2-light, all with hoodmoulds. 3-brick plat band to first
floor; three 2-light recessed chamfered mullioned windows. Wooden
modillioned eaves cornice. Two 2-light casements to raking
dormers. Coped verges to roof with kneelers. Stepped brick
stacks. To right is single-storey projecting extension; C18, with
half-hipped roof. Left return has late C17 lean-to extension with
pair of leaded windows, first floor has two leaded oculi. Right
return has one 2-light mullioned window to ground floor, 3-brick
plat band to first floor and attic level; oculus to first floor and
attic. Rear has three 2-light mullioned windows to ground and
first floors, 3-brick plat band is carried over moulded stone
oculus lighting stairs. Modillioned eaves cornice. Two 2-light
casements to raking dormers. Lean-to to right has 2-light
mullioned window to ground floor and pair of leaded lights to first
Interior retains good C17 features; large stone Tudor-arched
fireplace in large room to right of door, open fireplace in smaller
room has chamfered timber lintel with bar and runout stops.
Central stairs are boxed-in by fine oak plank and muntin partitions
which rise to attic, vase-turned balusters to landing. Planked
door with strap hinges to attic. 5-bay roof has two tiers of butt
purlins. Stone corbels inside the west and east walls of large
room correspond with those on exterior walls; 1673/ Burgh Manor.
Founded by Sir Joseph Ashe as a grammar school for twelve boys, in
1673, endowed with ?100 and the profits from two sheep fairs in
(VCH, Wiltshire Vol XI 1980, page 51; Unpublished records of RCHM
(England), Salisbury).

Listing NGR: SU1748421419

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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