Description: Old School Room
Date Listed: 21 September 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 32917
OS Grid Reference: ST5767363160
OS Grid Coordinates: 357673, 163160
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3659, -2.6094
There is also a scheduled monument, Churchyard Cross in St Andrew's Churchyard, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
ST 56 SE CHEW MAGNA C.P. CHEW STREET (north side)
3/23 Old School Room (formerly The
21.9.60 Church House)
Church house, now in public use, formerly used as school. c1510, with later
alterations. Coursed sandstone rubble, limestone dressings and long and short
quoins, double Roman tiled roof with raised coped verges and kneelers.
Rectangular plan. 2 storeys, west front has gable end, central moulded 4-centred
arched door opening, C19 door with raised fillets, ogee hood mould with finial,
one window each side of door and 3 above, all 2-light leaded casements with
moulded stone mullions and hood moulds, 4-centred arched heads except central
upper window which has cusped lights, carved shield of arms over door, glazed
single lancet in gable with small carved figure above (St. George and the dragon).
North elevation has external stair supported by 2 octagonal piers and end rubble
wall, leading to 2 chamfered 4-centred arched door openings at upper level,
3 similar door openings to ground floor, blocked to right; 4 windows per floor,
similar stone mullioned casements, alternate windows having 4-centred and cusped
lights, one bay to right of stair, 3 to left, coved eaves cornice, pair of
polygonal stone stacks rising from eaves. South elevation has 2 blocked doors to
left and two 2-light 4-centred arched windows to right, first floor has two 2-light
windows to left with 4-centred arched heads, 3-light window, two 2-light and one
3-light to right, 3-light windows being wooden replacements, stack rising from
eaves to left. Rear has large cusped C19 window in gable end lighting former
school-room, very large quoin blocks. Interior: ground floor has possible quoin
stones in south wall, only visible on interior, timber lintels remaining north and
south from former door openings, very large lintel across whole east wall with
stone jambs for fireplace, possible smoke chamber above. At first floor, fine
11-bay roof with principal rafters, arched braces, cambered collars, 2 rows of
purlins and ridge purlin, curved windbraces in lower tier, cornice joining arched-
braces, collars tenoned into arched-braces. (Sources: Pevsner, N. : Buildings
of England : North Somerset and Bristol. 1958).
Listing NGR: ST5768063169
Source: English Heritage
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