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Moreton Hall School, Bury St Edmunds

Description: Moreton Hall School

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 July 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 466967

OS Grid Reference: TL8693564497
OS Grid Coordinates: 586935, 264497
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2469, 0.7369

Location: Mt Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 7BL

Locality: Bury St Edmunds
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP32 7BL

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Listing Text


639-1/13/477 Moreton Hall School


House, now school. 1773. By Robert Adam for Professor John
Symonds, a Cambridge don. White brick and slate roof.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and cellars. According to Symonds' diary,
the foundation stone was laid on April 12 1773 (a year earlier
than Adam's work on the Playhouse in Cornhill). A mid C19 wing
extends on the east side. The house was first called St.
Edmund's Hill, later The Mount, and now Moreton Hall School.
There are 2 chimney piece designs for St. Edmund's Hill
entitled "for John Symonds 1776" in the Adam collection at the
Soane Museum. (Vol. XXIII Nos. 73-75). The Adam block is built
as a cube, with a parapet and a wood cornice. Each of the 4
fronts has a wood dentilled pediment. 3 window range on each
of the exposed fronts, double-hung sashes with glazing bars on
the 1st and 2nd storeys and casements on the ground storey
(except on the north front which has double-hung sashes with
glazing bars).
The pediment on the north front is supported by wood pilasters
extending through the 1st and 2nd storeys with ornamented
capitals and frieze. An ornamented wood band runs between the
storeys. The central window on the 1st storey has a wood
architrave and a cornice on console brackets. The ground
storey has a large projecting central porch with stone Ionic
corner columns, frieze and cornice, surmounted by a wood
balustrade. A 6-panel door with side lights is framed by
pilasters and a frieze and has a large segmental fanlight with
ornamental fan glazing.
The porch is flanked by 3-light windows with stone pilasters,
frieze and cornice and a pediment over the central light. The
west front has a large segmental brick bay with 3 window range
running through 2 storeys and surmounted by a wood balustrade
with a frieze and pediment above. The south front has an
ornamented wood frieze below the pediment and a wood band
between the 1st and 2nd storeys. A stone band runs at 1st
storey sill level.
The 1st storey windows have blind boxes and the central window
has a wood architrave and cornice on enriched console
brackets. The ground storey has a central doorway with moulded
wood architrave and a pediment on enriched console brackets.
The door opens on to a raised terrace and is flanked by fine
Venetian windows with wood Ionic columns, pilasters and

The mid C19 east wing is 2-storeys with a parapet and raised
brick bands between the storeys. 5 window range, double-hung
sashes with glazing bars (except ground storey on the south
front which has 4 casements). The north front has a stone
Venetian window at the west end. The roof to the Adam block is
tiled with a central chimney-stack and stacks above the apex
of each pediment.
INTERIOR: has 2 Adam rooms on the ground storey with Adam
ceilings, doors, ornamental pelmets and furnishings. 1 of the
rooms has a double columned ante room at each end with a
central bay. Other rooms have good Adam features. A C19
extension to the house contains a stair and rooms with heavy
woodwork in Jacobean style.
(BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 153).

Listing NGR: TL8693564497

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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