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Description: Shute House
Date Listed: 6 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 320837
OS Grid Reference: ST9044024520
OS Grid Coordinates: 390440, 124520
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0200, -2.1377
DONHEAD ST. MARY CHURCH HILL
ST 92 SW (west side)
7/51 Shute House
Rectory now detached house. Late C16 with early C18 addition to
south. Limestone ashlar and rubble stone, tiled roof with hips to
C18 range, stone slate eaves to earlier ranges, brick stacks. L-
plan C16 range with parallel C18 range. Two-storey and basement,
3-window front to C18 range, at right angles to road. Centre bay
breaks forward with glazed door in moulded architrave with keystone
and pediment on consoles, 15-pane sash either side. Steps up to
doorway over channelled rusticated basement with segmental-headed
casement left and right. First floor has central 15-pane sash in
eared architrave with keystone and scrolled shoulders, 15-pane sash
either side, pediment over centre bay, ovolo-moulded stone cornice
and chanelled rusticated quoins to sides and centre bay. Right
return has two 15-pane sashes to ground and first floors, set back
from this is C20 entrance porch attached to late C16 cross wing,
with 6-panelled door in moulded stone architrave, said to be from
Bowood House, With 12-pane fixed window either side. Left return
of C18 range has 15-pane sash to both floors, stair hall to rear
has lunette to basement and 15-pane round-arched stair window over.
Late C16 range, now service wing, to right of porch is at right
angles to road; two 2-light leaded casements, one 2-light recessed
chamfered mullioned casement, 2-light wooden casement to ground
floor, first floor has three 2-light casements, one reset round-
arched C16 casement and 2-light mullioned casement. Gable end has
one square-headed and one round-headed casement to attic. Rear of
range has 6-panelled door, leaded casements including large 7-light
kitchen window, first floor also has blocked chamfered lights.
Rear of cross range facing garden has glazed door and 12-pane
sashes with keystones.
Interior: Original C16 range altered to service wing, probably in
early C18, but retains deeply chamfered beams with stepped stops or
runout stops, some doors with two raised panels and wainscot
panelling in small sitting room. Early C18 range has fine stair
hall with open well stairs with two turned balusters to treads with
carved ends, wide ramped handrail and panelled dado. Main rooms
have doors with six fielded panels, panelled window shutters,
library has egg and dart moulded ceiling cornice, drawing room has
dentilled cornice and both rooms have reset marble fireplaces.
Attached to right of service wing is former garage converted to
billiard room in 1970, with 15-pane sashes, attic dormers and large
external stone stack to north gable. Ceased to be the rectory
(N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Wiltshire, 1975)
Listing NGR: ST9044024520
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Source: English Heritage
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