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The Sham Ruin

A Grade II* Listed Building in Corsham, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.434 / 51°26'2"N

Longitude: -2.1835 / 2°11'0"W

OS Eastings: 387340

OS Northings: 170575

OS Grid: ST873705

Mapcode National: GBR 1RH.0SB

Mapcode Global: VH96J.37J0

Plus Code: 9C3VCRM8+JH

Entry Name: The Sham Ruin

Listing Date: 1 August 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1284571

English Heritage Legacy ID: 315127

Location: Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Corsham

Built-Up Area: Corsham

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Greater Corsham

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text

ST 8770
5/102 The Sham Ruin

Folly ruin, c1797 by John Nash, incorporating Gothic stonework,
some possibly medieval, some apparenty mid C18 Gothick from the
Bath House (q.v.) by L. Brown, altered by Nash, and possibly from
another demolished garden building. High serpentine rubble stone
blank wall with applied ashlar features to north and south sides
and 3 skyline features, from east, an oval stack, ashlar with
rubble backing to south and 2 ornate relief carved arms, a
rectangular bellcote with pointed main arch flanked by panelled
piers, smaller pointed arches each side and truncated short
spirelet, and an oval ashlar stack, upper half pierced with plain
roundels. Main structure has east end clustered Norman-style
column, as if the respond from an arcade with several stones from a
moulded arch above. North side is of massive rough squared blocks
with from east, 2 tiers of Gothick lancets, tall with cusped heads
and polygonal shafts divided by raised blocks, then canted ashlar
stair tower with lancet stair openings and stone capping, then, at
mid level, ogee-headed opening with hoodmould, similar to surviving
side entries to loggia of Bath House, then another clustered
Norman-style respond with several stones of moulded arch
projecting, then upper level 2-light Gothick window with cusped
heads and trefoil, similar to surviving first floor centre light of
Bath House and, at right end, large 3-light intersecting tracery
window with hood. At ground level centre is a low massive
rusticated pointed arch, possibly once a grotto. South side, to
Church Street, is rubble stone with one central Perpendicular-style
2-light upper window and, lower down, to left, one long 2-light
Gothick window with cusped-heads and trefoil, similar to that on
north side.
(F.J. Ladd, Architects at Corsham Court, 1978 67, 110).

Listing NGR: ST8735570584

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