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St Joseph's Convent

A Grade II* Listed Building in Taunton Deane, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0115 / 51°0'41"N

Longitude: -3.0956 / 3°5'44"W

OS Eastings: 323233

OS Northings: 124139

OS Grid: ST232241

Mapcode National: GBR M1.JHKH

Mapcode Global: FRA 46DF.XF2

Entry Name: St Joseph's Convent

Listing Date: 4 July 1975

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1276422

English Heritage Legacy ID: 269885

Location: Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA1

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Town: Taunton Deane

Electoral Ward/Division: Taunton Eastgate

Built-Up Area: Taunton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

(West Side)
St Joseph's Convent
ST 2324 SW 14/7
A large complex of attached buildings with considerable architectural interest.
Originally part was built as a hospital of which the foundation stone was laid
in 1772. Designs of 1775 by P Stowey of Exeter (Colvin p 573). Acquired 1807
by Franciscan nuns, refugees from Bruges. They extended the buildings in 1811
and subsequently. The considerable Victorian additions are by J A Hansom (1803-82).
Main block consists of a large symmetrical early Cl9 red brick house with later
central range in yellow brick and bowed end projecting to east. Stone dressings.
3 storeys plus attic storey on south side. Cornice and parapet. Plain band over
1st floor. Original sash windows with glazing bars to lower floors. North and
south elevations retain wrought iron balconettes to 1st floor windows. Further
range attached on south-west corner with arcaded ground floor. This block retains
a tall 2 stage bell tower with lead roof, corbelled eaves and weather vane. C19
Gothic chapel attached on north side of main block. Red brick with ashlar dressings.
Parapet and slate roof. Buttresses divide the main windows which are at 1st floor
level. Style of tracery is Decorated, the east window being triangular with 3
traceried oculi under hoodmould. West side of the chapel is abutted by an early
C19 block with tall 2 storey entrance porch with twin arches. To the east of the
chapel is a Victorian Gothic cloister with 2 walks. Pointed arched open to the
cloister garth with large nook shafts and foliated capitals. The walks inside have
scissor-trussed open timber roofs. A 2 storey range with open arcade is returned
from the chapel to join the north cloister walk. Modern extension to south is
not included.

St Joseph's Convent, Summerhouse in grounds, and stone walls to the grounds form
a group.

Listing NGR: ST2323324139

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