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Charter House

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.7953 / 50°47'42"N

Longitude: -1.0944 / 1°5'39"W

OS Eastings: 463922

OS Northings: 99912

OS Grid: SZ639999

Mapcode National: GBR VQJ.2P

Mapcode Global: FRA 86LZ.PHB

Plus Code: 9C2WQWW4+46

Entry Name: Charter House

Listing Date: 25 September 1972

Last Amended: 18 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245258

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474933

Location: St. Thomas, Portsmouth, PO1

County: Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Thomas

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Southsea St Luke and St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Listing Text


774-1/12/275 (West side)
25/09/72 Charter House
(Formerly Listed as:
Charter House (Old Pearl Buildings))


Pearl Assurance Offices, now shops and public house. 1889. By
CW Bovis. Red brick in Flemish bond with lavish stone
dressings. Plain tiled roof, 4 ornate stone stacks, each to
right of facing gables. Flemish Renaissance style.
EXTERIOR: 11 bays (2:1:2:1:2:1:2:1:2:1:2) 4 storeys and attic.
Flanking each bay is a stone Doric pilaster with 3 stone
bands, first floor has stone Corinthian pilasters and second
and third floors brick pilasters with stone bands. On left
(Bay 2) and far right (Bay 10) is a 2-leaf glazed door and
with screen set under segmental stone arch, keystones,
flanking Corinthian pilasters. Each end of the 2 end bays has
a wood frame and transomed fixed casement under segmental
stone arch with dropped keystone and vermiculated voussoirs
set with rusticated stone panel. At right of left entrance is
a 3-light transomed casement with lights divided by wood Doric
pilasters, stone sill and apron.
To the right each of the 6 bays has a mid-C20 shop front.
Stone band with moulded cornice at first floor to far left and
to each alternate bay on the right are 6 paired recessed
sashes, each set under a segmental brick arch with keystone
and spaced stone voussoirs, brick jambs with 3 stone bands.
Each pair is set behind opening with stone segmental arch,
moulded keystone and flanking pilasters; stone balustrade at
sill level, at centre each of the 3 alternate bays (bays 4, 6
and 8) has a stone framed mullion and transomed tripartite
canted bay with fixed casements on first and second floors
each set under round stone arch with casements divided by slim
stone Corinthian pilasters. Stone band and dentilled cornice.
On second floor and to each alternate bay from far left is a
tripartite stone transom and mullioned casement each set under
a flat stone arch with cerod architrave. On left bay 2 and on
right bay 10 are a 2-storey tripartite stone bay bowed to
first floor and canted to second floor, each mullioned and
transomed with 3-casements set under round stone arch. First
floor has stone apron with carved panels. Stone band and
dentilled cornices. Third floor has 8 paired casements, each
set under a flat stone arch with recessed round intrados,

stone jambs, and transom.
At centre to bays 4, 6 and 8, each has a 4-light wide casement
with pilasters and transom set under segmental gauged brick
arch with moulded keystone and spaced voussoirs. Bays 2, 4, 6,
8 and 10 each have a facing attic gable with elaborate stepped
and shaped stone copings including strapwork. Each end gable
has a circular casement with moulded stone surround. Centre 3
gables, each have a 2-light stone mullioned and transomed
casement set under round stone arch. Between each casement is
a pyramidal roofed dormer with a 2-light casement. On far left
and far right is an elaborate octagonal copper sheathed dome
with scalloped sheathing and open cupola. Return on left is
set within an acute angle with narrow bow.
INTERIOR not inspected.
(Balfour A: Portsmouth: London: 1970-: 66; Lloyd DW: Buildings
of Portsmouth and its Environs: Portsmouth: 104; The Buildings
of England: Pevsner N & Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of
Wight: Harmondsworth: 1967-: 460).

Listing NGR: SU6448001459

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