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Priestley's House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Calne, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.4355 / 51°26'7"N

Longitude: -2.0019 / 2°0'6"W

OS Eastings: 399964

OS Northings: 170725

OS Grid: ST999707

Mapcode National: GBR 2SV.YH4

Mapcode Global: VHB42.851V

Plus Code: 9C3VCXPX+66

Entry Name: Priestley's House

Listing Date: 19 May 1950

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1270902

English Heritage Legacy ID: 456912

Location: Calne, Wiltshire, SN11

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Calne

Built-Up Area: Calne

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Calne and Blackland St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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755-1/5/157 (South side)
19/05/50 No.19
Priestley's House


House. C16; refronting dated 1758. Limestone ashlar, coursed
rubble sides, right-hand ashlar gable stack and slate and
pantile roof. Double-depth plan with a long rear W wing.
2 storeys, attic and semi-basement; 3-window range. Divided by
plinth, plat band, thin cornice and parapet, with roll-moulded
coping to front gables, and parallel gabled range behind.
Entrance between left-hand windows has a raised surround with
pediment, and swept steps and curtail up with a wrought-iron
railing to a 6-panel door. Paired mid C18 windows in raised
surrounds to slightly recessed 9/6-pane sashes with thick
glazing bars. 2 large early C19 hipped 4-light dormers with
leaded casements, and a smaller 6-pane dormer between. 3
basement openings have ovolo mullions, of 3 lights to the
centre and right, and 4 to the left. A panel above the door
inscribed C/F*E/1758. The left-hand gable has a window in a
former door; the rear gable has altered C20 mullion and
transom ground- and first-floor windows, and a chamfered
stone-mullioned attic window.
S front has a central Tudor-arched doorway with chamfered
reveals, and a long W range, a C17 former malthouse with
blocked 2-light mullion windows to semi-basement, later C18
2-light wood-framed windows inserted with segmental-arched
lunette window in S gable, and 3 small eaves gables to the
attic drying floor.
INTERIOR not inspected but reported to include a C16
full-width semi-basement remodelled C17; 4-centre ovolo
moulded doorhead re-used with C17 chamfered jambs; 5-centred
arched stone lintel to fireplace with moulded head converted
for use as oven. Ground and first floors with chamfered oak
beam and floor boards. C17 fireplaces; first-floor hob grates.
Later C16 moulded wall beam re-used as doorway lintel in
malthouse. Rear dormers show ends of extended collar beam
HISTORICAL NOTE: originally a continuous range with No.20 (qv)
and the White Hart Hotel (qv), the semi-basement extends
beneath all three; divided into 2 houses, and refronted, in
mid C18 by the Child family of Heddington. The home of Dr
Priestley c1772-9 who in 1774 discovered oxygen while working
as librarian for the Earl of Shelbourne at Bowood House.

Listing NGR: ST9996470725

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