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The Convent, Stourton with Gasper

Description: The Convent

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 321271

OS Grid Reference: ST7568734692
OS Grid Coordinates: 375687, 134692
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1110, -2.3487

Location: Stourton, Wiltshire BA12 6RJ

Locality: Stourton with Gasper
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA12 6RJ

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Listing Text

ST 73 SE
(west side)
6/165 The Convent
Gothic fantasy cottage. Circa 1765 for Henry Hoare of Stourhead
House (q.v.). Rocky limestone with some flint, thatched roof,
stone fantasy stacks. Single-storey with attics. Main range has
canted bay with three pointed openings facing south, central French
windows flanked by windows with Y-tracery and hexagonal leaded
glazing, large stone stack to right has central obelisk pinnacle
with four smaller pinnacles around base. Lower range to right has
central stone porch with pointed opening and planked inner door,
pointed window with Y-tracery either side, right gable end has
bellcote with pointed arched opening and cross finial. Right
return has pointed attic casement, C20 ground floor pointed window
to right. Left return has flanking square corner turrets with
pierced pyramidal cappings with finials, ground floor has three
trefoil-headed leaded windows, attic with trefoil-he-aded 2-light
window, coped verge to gable. Rear range rebuilt 1980s with
facades in same rocky style with pointed casements and pointed
moulded doorway.
Interior: Drawing room has groin vaulted ceiling with-pebble-dashed
finish, pointed niches on west wall flanking window. 1980s gothic
fireplace. Dining room has flagstone floor and stone corbels to
ceiling. Original roof retained. Originally said to have
contained painted panels depicting nuns of different orders and
stained glass from Glastonbury. Little is known of the origins of
this building, but it was presumably built as a picturesque
pavilion for carriage and riding excursions from Stourhead House.
(K. Woodbridge, The Stourhead Landscape, 1982; N. Pevsner, The
Buildings of England, Wiltshire, 1975).

Listing NGR: ST7569034690

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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