British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

Dewes House, Mere

Description: Dewes House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 6 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 320189

OS Grid Reference: ST8139632401
OS Grid Coordinates: 381396, 132401
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0906, -2.2670

Location: B3095, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6HA

Locality: Mere
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA12 6HA

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

Listing Text

(south side)

6/60 Dewes House (formerly
6.1.66 listed as Dewes Guest House)


Large house, part set back from street. Mid-late C17, C18 and C19. Fine lime-
stone ashlar on coursed squared stone plinth, concrete tile roof, replacing
stone slate. A symmetrical 5-bay house with central stair turret at back; large
added or modified wing to left brought forward to pavement, and other additions
to back. To street is 2 storeys and attics with basement 2+5 windows, all stone
mullion and transom 2-light with leading 4 in raised architraves except ground
floor, left, two later 12-pane sashes. Central fielded 8-panel door in
bolection-mould architrave to keystone under closed segmental pediment and on 3
stone steps. Raised alternating quoins to forward block and right end of main
building, plain string at mid-level; one small C20 flat roofed dormer to hipped
end of forward wing, and similar to main roof slope. Small stack right gable
and at junction of wings. Return of forward wing has single light stone transom
casement with leading over a 12-pane sash. Two basement lights to right of
doorway. Back has 2 deep projecting wings, centre is stair turret, now set
back, with a truncated cross window under a 2-light casement. To left a large
C19 extension with glazed upper level to a lead flat; to right the hipped end is
over large canted bay with margin bar sashes. Interior retains much of
interest, including in bottom left room fireplace with eared architrave to
moulded mantel shelf; good 8-panel fielded door in similar lines room behind
parlour with two 4-centred recesses, decorative cornice with grapes; dog-leg
stair has square newels, barley-twist balusters and heavy hand-rail. Bedroom
top right is lined throughout with painted panelling and doors. A photograph of
1948 shows the stone slates, and 2-light hipped dormers now replaced by flat-
roofed dormers; the slates were removed in 1963. An advertisement of 1795
refers also to "two large cellars with wine vaults" which were not inspected.

Listing NGR: ST8139632401

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

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.