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Description: Ashcombe House
Date Listed: 27 July 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 320267
OS Grid Reference: ST9337520110
OS Grid Coordinates: 393375, 120110
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9804, -2.0957
ST 92 SW BERWICK ST. JOHN -
5/41 Ashcombe House
Country house. Early C18, altered C19 and 1930s. English bond
brick, tiled hipped roof, brick stacks. L-plan, the truncated
remains of a larger house. 2-storey, 4-window. 1930s Gibbs
surround with scrolled pediment to doorway, to right is one 9-pane
sash with decorative leading and to left are 2 sashes with
decorative leading; all are segmental-headed with keystones.
First floor has four similar 9-pane sashes. Moulded stone cornice
and blocking course with limestone coping. Right return has two
6-pane sashes to ground floor. Left return has lean-to extension
to ground floor and 9-pane sashes to first floor. Rear, garden
front has three 9-pane sashes with segmental heads and keystones,
French windows, first floor has 1930s 18-pane sash lighting stairs
and two 9-pane sashes.
Interior not accessible at time of survey (March 1985), but said to
have Chinese Chippendale stairs, most of fittings are probably C20.
A large house built on this site by Barber family in late C17,
altered by them and subsequently partly demolished in mid C18 by
Sir Walter Grove; present small house is a survival of the eastern
wing. Occupied by the society photographer, Cecil Beaton, between
1930 and 1947, when the house was renovated. (C. Beaton,
Ashcombe-The Story of a Fifteen Year Lease, 1949 (illustrated); N.
Pevsner, The Buildings of England; Wiltshire, 1975; Early C18
painting in Salisbury Museum.)
Listing NGR: ST9337520110
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Source: English Heritage
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