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Leyhill Officers' Training School

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tortworth, South Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.6306 / 51°37'50"N

Longitude: -2.4445 / 2°26'40"W

OS Eastings: 369331

OS Northings: 192514

OS Grid: ST693925

Mapcode National: GBR JX.8KTS

Mapcode Global: VH87Y.L82T

Entry Name: Leyhill Officers' Training School

Listing Date: 5 June 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1136903

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34732

Location: Tortworth, South Gloucestershire, GL12

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Tortworth

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Tortworth St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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1/135 Leyhill Officers' Training

Country house, formerly Tortworth Court, now a prison officers' training school.
1849-53 by S.S. Teulon for the 2nd Earl of Ducie. Finely coursed rubble with
Bath stone dressings and quoins; plain and fishscale tiled roof behind plain and
embattled parapets with gargoyles and heraldic beasts; clustered octagonal
ashlar and brick stacks. Irregular and asymmetrical east elevation, but a
regular south elevation, all in a Tudor Gothic style. 2 storeys, basements and
attics in gables or in gabled dormers with bargeboards. The main feature of the
east (entrance) elevation is a porte-cochere and the 3 storey entrance tower
which rises behind it: the porte-cochere has angle buttresses, moulded 4-centred
arches, embattled parapet with Ducie arms and heraldic beasts; the tower has
crested octagonal corner turrets, an embattled parapet and 3-light cross windows
with 4-centred heads, moulded mullions and surrounds. To the left of the tower
is an oriel window of 1-2-1 lights with 4-centred heads; a large gable above has
a 2-light window and a diagonal shaft base breaks the apex. To the right of the
tower is a 3 bay section of 2-light cross windows and a 4-light square bay window
and on the first floor is an oriel window; embattled parapet. Further right is
a projecting gabled wing, corbelled out corners and an oriel window with square
headed lights; single storey lobby with 4-centred doorway. In re-entrant
angle is a 4-stage stair tower with regular quoins and surmounted by an octagonal
lantern and an ogee dome; single and 3-light casements with 4-centred heads.
Dominating the whole ensemble (even more so when built as the cupola was demolished
long ago) is a square central tower; embattled parapet and three 2-light
Perpendicular style windows with plain tracery. Service wings project to the
north: 2 bays, 3- and 4-light cross windows, four 2-light windows on first
floor; to the right is a 3 stage square stair tower with a pyramidal roof;
single storey projecting wing with 1-3-1 light bay window, embattled parapet and
coped gables with twisted shaft finials. The south (garden) front is of 3 bays,
surmounted by steep coped gables with finials and heraldic beasts; embattled
parapet between. The centre bay has octagonal turrets surmounted by pierced
lanterns and ogee domes with finials; 2 storey 3-3-3 light bay window with
4-centred heads, chamfered mullions, band of quatrefoils over ground floor, and
embattled parapet; two 2-light casements with heraldry and scroll between on
first floor. Outer bays have single storey 2-3-2 light bay windows with Ducie
arms over; two 2-light cross windows with 4-centred heads on first floor and 3-
light casements on the gables. Interior. Lobby: rib vaulted ceiling with
central panel bearing date '1850'; ogee headed niches to corners; Gothic style
screen doors. Gothic style panelled doors in moulded surrounds with 4-centred
heads and framed ceilings to most ground floor rooms. Library (Dining Room)
moulded Tudor style fireplace with roses in spandrels and ceiling with corbels
and carved bosses. Staircase hall: large open well staircase with Perpendicular
style balustrade, panelled and crested newel posts, supported on large corbelled
and panelled brackets; galleries to first and second floors; panelled ceiling
with carved bosses. Common Room (Drawing Room): painted Tudor style fireplace
with quatrefoil frieze; painted and gilded ceiling with stencilled panels
bearing Ducie crest; large Perpendicular style panelled doors to Games Room.
Games Room (Library): Gothic style bookshelves; painted, gilded and stencilled
panelled ceiling; two very fine fireplaces of 3 bays with brass,twisted
colonettes and arches, decorative tiles to outer bays; 4-bay overmantel of
twisted colonettes and brass leaf capitals; the room is divided by an arcade
with a central large and 2 small, painted and gilded 4-centred arches. Board
Room (the Earl's room): elaborately detailed Renaissance style fireplace with
Ducie heraldry. Lecture Hall (Morning Room): linefold panelling and elaborately
detailed Jacobean style fireplace; enriched ceiling and frieze, pendants and
intersecting motifs. Tortworth Court is one of Teulon's most important and
early houses handled in a mixture of picturesque and Puginesque ways. It was
one of the first houses to be equipped with gas lighting throughout and a hot air
central heating system. A central railway in the servant's wing, carried coal
to a lift for distribution. (The Builder, 29.10.1853 and 19.11.1853; Country
Life, 13.5.1899; Girouard M, The Victorian Country House, 1979).

Listing NGR: ST6933192514

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