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Tolbury House and Attached Walls, Gatepiers and Gate

A Grade II Listed Building in Bruton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1121 / 51°6'43"N

Longitude: -2.4573 / 2°27'26"W

OS Eastings: 368086

OS Northings: 134854

OS Grid: ST680348

Mapcode National: GBR MX.B97T

Mapcode Global: VH8BG.C99T

Plus Code: 9C3V4G6V+R3

Entry Name: Tolbury House and Attached Walls, Gatepiers and Gate

Listing Date: 7 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1252230

English Heritage Legacy ID: 435191

ID on this website: 101252230

Location: Tolbury, Somerset, BA10

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Bruton

Built-Up Area: Bruton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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The following building shall be added to the list :-

ST 6834 NW

HIGHER BACKWAY (south side)

Tolbury House and attached walls, gatepiers and gates


House. C17/18, rebuilt and remodelled c.1835. Coursed limestone rubble, rendered
to garden front; Welsh slate roof, hipped to projecting wings facing garden front;
brick stacks. F-plan, with projecting wings. 2 storeys. Garden front of 6 bays
has projecting wing to left; then 3-window range with early C19 twelve and 16-pane
sashes and French windows with glazing bars; projecting wing to right with sashes
flanking casement to early C19 first-floor tripartite window above early C19 tripartite
window with fixed outer lights with glazing bars flanking French window with margin-
light glazing bars; bay to extreme right has early C19 twelve-pane sash above half-
glazed double doors with margin-light glazing bars. Rear wall has ostler's ring,
fire-insurance plaque and 2 tall semi-circular arched windows including fine stair-light
with radiating glazing bars to head and sexfoils set in diamond-paned leaded lights.
Small service court to left has early C19 plank door to rear, adjoining laundry
and pantry building with lean-to roof and C19 two-light windows one with original
louvred shutters; lean-to lavatory to front. Interior: an exceptionally well-preserved
interior, with panelled shutters and doors with original fittings including curtain
rods to some doors; moulded skirtings and dado rails and plank dados to most rooms;
cast-iron grates and fire surrounds in various styles; front room to right, former
dining room, has neo-classical fireplace, foliate cornice and picture rails. To
centre is hall with decorative tile floor and stairhall with fine open-well staircase
having stick balusters, fret-cut brackets to open string and ramped and wreathed
mahogany handrail; moulded and ramped dado rail and moulded cornice. Kitchen to
left has C19 plank screens, fitted cupboards, arch ed open fireplace bread oven
set in ashlar surround and service stair; C19 plank screens to former servants'
rooms in attic. Ground-floor room to right of kitchen has C18 keyed stone fireplace
with brass bracket. Laundry has C19 copper. Subsidiary features: tall limestone
rubble wall, with 1835 date plaques, extends approx. 35 m to SE with curve to NE
return of approx 29 m; tall limestone rubble wall with ashlar coping extends approx. 1
to NNW, returning for approx. 95 m E along Higher Backway with return of approx. 25 m
to S and 18 m to W at E end; ramped north-facing section along Higher Backway has
early C19 studded door with decorative cross-bracing and rosettes set in reset early
C17 architrave adjoining rusticated gatepiers flanking similar decorative gates
with rosettes and quatrefoils to upper panels above cross-braced lower panels.

Listing NGR: ST6808634854

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