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The Courthouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Downton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 50.9919 / 50°59'30"N

Longitude: -1.7522 / 1°45'8"W

OS Eastings: 417484

OS Northings: 121419

OS Grid: SU174214

Mapcode National: GBR 528.MV3

Mapcode Global: FRA 766H.C57

Plus Code: 9C2WX6RX+Q4

Entry Name: The Courthouse

Listing Date: 23 March 1960

Last Amended: 4 July 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1023905

English Heritage Legacy ID: 319677

ID on this website: 101023905

Location: Downton, Wiltshire, SP5

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Downton

Built-Up Area: Downton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Downton St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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SU 1721
(east side)
The Courthouse
23/3/60 (formerly listed as Borough House)


Detached house. Dated 1673 on stone corbels on front and rear
walls and interior. English bond brick, tiled roof, gable-end
brick stacks. L-plan. 2-storey, 2-window front. Planked door
with moulded architrave and cornice, to left of centre, to right
are two 2-light recessed chamfered mullioned windows and to left is
one 2-light, all with hoodmoulds. 3-brick plat band to first
floor; three 2-light recessed chamfered mullioned windows. Wooden
modillioned eaves cornice. Two 2-light casements to raking
dormers. Coped verges to roof with kneelers. Stepped brick
stacks. To right is single-storey projecting extension; C18, with
half-hipped roof. Left return has late C17 lean-to extension with
pair of leaded windows, first floor has two leaded oculi. Right
return has one 2-light mullioned window to ground floor, 3-brick
plat band to first floor and attic level; oculus to first floor and
attic. Rear has three 2-light mullioned windows to ground and
first floors, 3-brick plat band is carried over moulded stone
oculus lighting stairs. Modillioned eaves cornice. Two 2-light
casements to raking dormers. Lean-to to right has 2-light
mullioned window to ground floor and pair of leaded lights to first
Interior retains good C17 features; large stone Tudor-arched
fireplace in large room to right of door, open fireplace in smaller
room has chamfered timber lintel with bar and runout stops.
Central stairs are boxed-in by fine oak plank and muntin partitions
which rise to attic, vase-turned balusters to landing. Planked
door with strap hinges to attic. 5-bay roof has two tiers of butt
purlins. Stone corbels inside the west and east walls of large
room correspond with those on exterior walls; 1673/ Burgh Manor.
Founded by Sir Joseph Ashe as a grammar school for twelve boys, in
1673, endowed with ?100 and the profits from two sheep fairs in
(VCH, Wiltshire Vol XI 1980, page 51; Unpublished records of RCHM
(England), Salisbury).

Listing NGR: SU1748421419

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