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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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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


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)

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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