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Brownsea Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Studland, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6885 / 50°41'18"N

Longitude: -1.9582 / 1°57'29"W

OS Eastings: 403048

OS Northings: 87646

OS Grid: SZ030876

Mapcode National: GBR 44B.PQW

Mapcode Global: FRA 67S8.2YC

Plus Code: 9C2WM2QR+9P

Entry Name: Brownsea Castle

Listing Date: 13 December 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1120277

English Heritage Legacy ID: 109073

ID on this website: 101120277

Location: Dorset, BH13

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Studland

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Parkstone St Peter and St Osmund with Branksea St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Country House, used as holiday centre, incorporating a blockhouse and gun
platform of 1548. This raised and extended c1765. Further extensions early
and mid C19. Gutted by fire and part rebuilt 1897 - architect Philip Brown
of Southampton (Pevsner). Walls part coursed and squared rough ashlar stone,
part brick with stone dressings. Flat roofs with battlemented parapets.
Exterior mostly in Victorian Tudor style. Irregular plan and profile,
dominated by tower built off original blockhouse. Main building part 2-storeys,
part 3-storeys. Tower rises a further 2 storeys. South-west front, facing
sea, has a 2-storey building of c1850 in front of the tower. This has angle
buttresses with octagonal pinnacles and cornice with carved lion heads. Canted
central bay with mullioned and transomed windows. On each side of bay, on
ground floor, a pointed arched doorway, and above this a mullioned and
transomed window. Tower of brick, with stone mullioned and transomed windows -
lower lights blocked. Left of tower a 2-storeyed brick range with moulded
parapet and string course. Angle buttress. Mullioned windows on each floor.
Right of tower a 3-storeyed stone range, with battlements and moulded string
courses. Octagonal turret at right end, with transomed windows. At rear,
a single-storey range added on north-east in mid C19, incorporating one circular
and one octagonal turret. Internally, walls of original blockhouse survive
on ground floor, some with a slight batter, now plastered - no old features
visible. Interior largely of 1897. Several rooms have good panelling and
ornamental ceilings. One first floor room has C16 stone fireplace surround,
reset, with lion head and foot consoles. In another first floor room a
fireplace with carved stone cartouches including lion of S. Mark. All this
probably from Venice. A National Trust Property. RCHM Monument 3 (Dorset Vol II).
(Pevsner - Buildings of England - Dorset, and Brownsea Island - a History
(National Trust)).

Listing NGR: SZ0304887646

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