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The Blue House

A Grade I Listed Building in Frome, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2317 / 51°13'54"N

Longitude: -2.3201 / 2°19'12"W

OS Eastings: 377744

OS Northings: 148109

OS Grid: ST777481

Mapcode National: GBR 0S9.N8D

Mapcode Global: VH97D.Q9TL

Entry Name: The Blue House

Listing Date: 22 July 1949

Last Amended: 16 February 1983

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1345500

English Heritage Legacy ID: 266245

Location: Frome, Mendip, Somerset, BA11

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Frome

Built-Up Area: Frome

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

1.
5363 MARKET PLACE
(South-east side)
GV
ST 7748 SE 5/3 22.7.49
The Blue House
(formerly listed as
The Bluecoat School
and Almshouses)
2.
1726. Built as a Bluecoat School with flanking almshouses (see statues of "Nancy
Guy" and "Billy Ball" on facade).
Central 2½ storey block with hipped roof and flanking 3½ storey blocks. Central
break in ashlar with plinth, chamfered quoins and coved moulded cornice; large
panelled doors with architrave and brackets to pediment broken to accommodate repaired
statue of Bluecoat Boy ("Billy Ball"). 2 ranges of large round headed windows in
architraves. Niche over door contains statue of old parishoner ("Nancy Guy")
possibly a replica. 2 segmental headed dormers; central clock turret with arcade,
pilasters and bell shaped lead roof. Each wing is of 3 bays with paired windows;
coursed rubble with ashlar eaves and cornice, quoins, bands over floors, and plain
architraves. Large chimney breaks forward in each wing. 2 gabled dormers to each
wing.
Rear: chimneys stunted and windows of centre altered to 3 light flat mullion types,
flanking central stack.
Interior: Original plain stairs to each wing with heavy hand rail and turned balusters
Flanking front door, are 2 recently 'cleaned' statues of Charity Girls (circa 1803)
from the demolished Keyford Asylum.


Listing NGR: ST7774448109

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