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Cheyney Court

A Grade II* Listed Building in Box, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.4234 / 51°25'24"N

Longitude: -2.2655 / 2°15'55"W

OS Eastings: 381637

OS Northings: 169410

OS Grid: ST816694

Mapcode National: GBR 0Q1.Q1S

Mapcode Global: VH96G.PH65

Plus Code: 9C3VCPFM+9R

Entry Name: Cheyney Court

Listing Date: 20 December 1960

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1285230

English Heritage Legacy ID: 316984

Location: Box, Wiltshire, SN13

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Box

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Box

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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2/122 Cheyney Court

20 12 60

House, early to mid C17, roughcast rubble stone with stone tiled
roofs, 3 paired circular-shafted ridge stacks, 2 on axis, one
cross-axial and 2 large north end wall stacks each with 4 circular
shafts. Basement and two and a half storeys. Flush quoins.
Moulded coped gables with polyhedral finials, 3 gables to east and
west, 2 to south. Recessed ovolo-moulded mullion windows. All
windows have C20 plastic glazing bars. West front has 2-light
attic windows with hoodmoulds to gables and seven-window range
below. First floor has 2 outer 2-light mullion-and-transom stair
lights each side in stepped arrangement with continuous dripcourse
stepped up over outer stair light. In centre 3-2-3 window
arrangement with dripcourse stepped over. Ground floor has outer
2-light mullion-and-transom window each side with dripcourse
stepped over, central studded plank door in moulded shouldered
architrave with carved Speke crest over and open curved pediment
on ornate carved brackets. 3-light window each side and 2-light
window adjoining stair lights. Right side 2-light window is set
lower. Balustraded stone steps up to front door. To left, three
2-light basement windows under dripcourse, 2 original, to right,
one 2-light basement window with hoodmould. South front has
similar attic and 5-window range with dripcourses stepped over
mullion-and-transom lights to outer bays on both main floors.
Three 2-light centre windows on first floor, 2 to ground floor
flanking central gabled stone-tiled projecting porch with door in
moulded shouldered architrave with pulvinated frieze, cornice and
shell hood over. Balustraded stone steps up. Basement storey
below with hollow-moulded 2-light windows. East front has similar
attic windows and asymmetrical window arrangement to main floors.
Five-window range of 2-light windows under centre and left gable
with dripcourse stepped up at south-east corner. Under right gable
second floor off-centre 3-light window at higher level with
dripcourse stepped over, first floor large C20 five-light casement
with top-lights, hoodmould to right suggests previous window as on
floor above. Below, 3-light window with hoodmould, blocked door to
left with hood on brackets and 2 small square overlights with
hoodmould. Full-height basement storey to left, C20 three-light
window, 2 hollow-moulded 2-light windows and door in flush moulded
surround. Attached to north end is one and a half storey rubble
stone range with coped north gable. East side has 2 dormer gables
with 2-light recessed cyma-moulded windows and hoodmoulds over C20
3-light window, door and 2-light window, then straight joint to
earlier north end section with flush quoins, one dormer gable with
2-light ovolo-moulded window, chamfered doorcase and C20 2-light
window. On west side, similar straight joint and flush quoins.
Section to right has dormer gable, first floor moulded single light
and 2 ground floor 2-light windows with hoodmoulds, one original,
one C20. Section to left has dormer gable, first floor moulded
single light and dripstone, ground floor 3-light window and
hoodmould and door to left at higher level.
Interior: mostly early to mid C17 but lower floor on east side
probably earlier with moulded elliptical arched north and firelace rind arched recesses. West front hall has fine fireplace with high
shelf on moulded consoles and raised centre panel over fireplace.
South-west open well stair with closed string, moulded rail and
carved arched balustrade. Original gate at foot of stairs.
Simpler dog-leg stair at north end of main range with acorn finials
to newels and column balusters. Exceptional stone fireplace in
first floor south-east room with Ionic fluted pilasters, large
consoles to moulded stone shelf and foliate scroll decoration under
shelf. Over shelf is frieze with centre arms of George Speke and
Margaret Tempest flanked by cherubs and cornucopias with festoons
each side, lion masks over and top modillion cornice. House
recorded as manor of Cheyney family in C15 but rebuilt for George
Speke, died 1656. Owned by the Northey family in C18 and C19.
(G.J.Kidston: A History of the Manor of Hazelbury, 1936, 198.)

Listing NGR: ST8163769410

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