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St John's Priory

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle Cary, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0913 / 51°5'28"N

Longitude: -2.5163 / 2°30'58"W

OS Eastings: 363939

OS Northings: 132566

OS Grid: ST639325

Mapcode National: GBR MV.CD9L

Mapcode Global: FRA 56M7.FJ7

Entry Name: St John's Priory

Listing Date: 18 March 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1056249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 262001

Location: Castle Cary, South Somerset, Somerset, BA7

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Castle Cary

Built-Up Area: Castle Cary

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

St. John's Priory
(Florida House)


Detached house. 1877. Built for J S Donne, of the Flax Mills family, designed by
Charles Bell. Doulting and Bath stone ashlar; plain clay tile roof between coped gables,
ashlar chimney stacks with ornamental caps. Two storeys with attic, 3 bay south elevation.
Plinth, polychrome stonework; sash windows, glazing bars having semi-circular arch
design; bay 1 has single-storey projecting square bay window with flat roof, open
balustrade and corner ball finials; of 1+3+1 lights; above 3 windows grouped in
decorative false gable planted on real gable, which has segmented arched pediment at
crown, with ball finial: bay 2 has open porch recess with heavy doors in semi-circular
arch carried on non- classical columns under dentilled string, carved spandrils; plain
single window above, then rises a tower with rectangular window at attic floor level
and above a belvedere with 3 semi-circular arched windows each face, set under
lead-covered bell-hip roof with wrot-iron finial and weathervane; bay 3 has single
windows, lower under string hood, upper under carved semi-circular arch and then false
gable with semi- circular pediment and ball finial. West elevation of 5 bays to match;
angled bay window both levels bay 1 under lean-to hipped roof against ornamental coped
gable, of 1+2+1 windows; single window upper bay 2, blank below, and to both levels bays
3 and 5, each with segmental pedimented false gable over; to bay 4 a projecting chimney
stack from first level up. Later extensions to north and east not of special interest.
Interior not seen, but a mantlepiece and recess, by Reid and Co, illustrated in The
Builder 19th May 1888.
Very much a show-house, it is now the Priory of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified.
(McGarvie M, Castle Cary: Avalon Industries, 1980).

Listing NGR: ST6393932566

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