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Charlton House The Downs School, Wraxall and Failand

Description: Charlton House The Downs School

Grade: II
Date Listed: 13 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 33573

OS Grid Reference: ST4939373680
OS Grid Coordinates: 349393, 173680
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4598, -2.7298

Location: Charlton Dr, Wraxall, North Somerset BS48 1PF

Locality: Wraxall and Failand
County: North Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BS48 1PF

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Listing Text


3/178 Charlton House (The Downs School)
- II

Small country house, presently a school. Probably late mediaeval, altered
early - mid C17, and extended c.1877-84. Rendered; slate roof behind coped
parapet; ashlar stacks. Irregular U-plan building of 3 storeys. The central
section has 3 windows on the ground floor and 5 on the first: two 5-light cross
windows to the right (the Hall) with ovolo moulded king mullions and surrounds;
2- and 3-light casements elsewhere, all under dripmoulds. 2 storey gabled porch
to left; C19 door and moulded surround. Projecting wings to either side, each
surmounted by curvilinear gables with ball finials: 2 storey, square bay window
of 5-lights to right wing; slightly projecting 3 storey bay to left, 5-light
cross window on ground floor and 3-light window on first, all C19 with ovolo
moulded mullions and surrounds. Drainpipe hopper on the right (west) wing is
dated 1883. Further 2 bay extension to west: lateral stack; 3- and 2-light
cross windows with ovolo moulded mullions and casements. Interior. Mostly C19
but retaining a screens passage with the hall to the left. The hall fireplace
is early C17: stone; moulded and gadrooned surround; clustered colonnettes to
each side with termini caryatids, enriched frieze and moulded cornice; large
overmantel with draped figures of kings and women (Charity and Justice) with full
armorial bearings. One east internal window is said to have an early C16
2-light window with arched lights. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England :
North Somerset and Bristol, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST4939373680

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Source: English Heritage

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