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Number 88 (The Chantry House) and Attached Forecourt Walls and Gateway

A Grade II* Listed Building in Towcester, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1321 / 52°7'55"N

Longitude: -0.9882 / 0°59'17"W

OS Eastings: 469356

OS Northings: 248684

OS Grid: SP693486

Mapcode National: GBR 9W5.8Z6

Mapcode Global: VHDSH.TNGW

Entry Name: Number 88 (The Chantry House) and Attached Forecourt Walls and Gateway

Listing Date: 1 August 1979

Last Amended: 14 December 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1189997

English Heritage Legacy ID: 235180

Location: Towcester, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN12

County: Northamptonshire

District: South Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Towcester

Built-Up Area: Towcester

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Towcester St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Listing Text

SP6948
13/159
01/08/76


TOWCESTER
WATLING STREET EAST
No.88 (The Chantry House) and attached forecourt walls and gateway
(Formerly listed as No.88 (The Chantry)and Forecourt Wall at No.88 (The Chantry House)

GII*
House.C15 with considerable C18 and C19 alterations.Coursed squared ironstone and limestone,slate roof,stone end stacks.Two-unit through-passage plan.Two-storey, Four-window range.C19 studded plank door to left of centre in moulded wood surround and late C18 pedimented wood doorcase.The door is recessed in front with remains of original jettied timber-framed first floor above.Three-light C19 wood mullion and transom windows to ground floor with stop-chamfered lintels.Projecting tower to left end,originally a stair-turret,with moulded stone coping.Three-and two-light C19 casement windows to first floor with stop-chamfered lintels.Stone-coped gables with kneelers.Attached forecourt walls of coursed squared ironstone and limestone with ridged ironstone coping.C15 gateway to middle of front wall has chamfered jambs and many-moulded arch with fourth-centred head.The wall is stepped up above gateway. Interior:two-bay ground floor hall has moulded cross-beam ceiling and Tudor-arched stone fireplace with chamfered jambs and many-moulded head.Stone relief incorporated in wall probably C17 with allegorical figure of Victory blowing a trumpet. Built as a house for the two priests serving Archdeacon Sponne's chantry(q.v.Church of St. Lawrence),suppressed at the Reformation.Bought back in 1552 by the trustees of Sponne's Charity for use as a grammar school.Served as school and master's house until 1866, when it became a house.(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire,p.435; A Towcester Trail (leaflet),1983, published by The Towcester Local History Society).


Listing NGR: SP6935648684

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