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Berkley House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Berkley, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2433 / 51°14'35"N

Longitude: -2.2717 / 2°16'18"W

OS Eastings: 381131

OS Northings: 149380

OS Grid: ST811493

Mapcode National: GBR 0S5.VX9

Mapcode Global: VH97F.K0XQ

Entry Name: Berkley House

Listing Date: 11 March 1968

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1058192

English Heritage Legacy ID: 267061

Location: Berkley, Mendip, Somerset, BA11

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Berkley

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


8/115 Berkley House



Country House, mid C18. Probably designed and built by Nathaniel Ireson of Wincanton. Ashlar Doulting stone with hipped
slate roofs. Basement, two storeys and attic. Symmetrical facade of 7 windows arranged 2:3:2. Over central section a
dentilled pediment on Ionic pilasters. Venetian window in tympanum. Central stone doorcase with pediment and
entablature on two engaged Tuscan columns, rusticated door opening, fanlight and panelled door. Keyed, semi-circular
headed window on each side. To side sections cornices and plain parapets, sash windows with glazing bars and internal
shutters in moulded keyed architraves. Rusticated end pilasters and basement storey. Flight of 5-steps to door, with
urns set at the angles. 5-window return elevations, first floor windows have iron balconette. To the rear, a 3-storey
domestic range, probably C17. Rubble Doulting stone, slate roofs. Wooden casement windows in plain keyed architraves,
heavy lead rain water goods-gutters with scalloped edge decoration, pipes - cast square box section with ribbing
matching those to main building. Interior not seen but said to contain a fine Hall and beyond a balustraded staircase
arranged around a square, open well and containing interesting paintings, including a portrait believed to be of John
Wood of Bath, carved rococo decoration to frames of c 1750. The House belonged to the Prowse family in the C18 and was
occupied for a time by Thomas Prowse who was elected five times MP for Somerset and declined the Speakership in 1761.
Thomas Prowse designed Hatch Court near Taunton (qv). (RIBA Journal, XLVI, p 536, 1939).

Listing NGR: ST8113149380

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