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The Almshouses

A Grade I Listed Building in Godalming, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.1941 / 51°11'38"N

Longitude: -0.5963 / 0°35'46"W

OS Eastings: 498184

OS Northings: 144808

OS Grid: SU981448

Mapcode National: GBR FD3.02L

Mapcode Global: VHFVT.M74Z

Entry Name: The Almshouses

Listing Date: 18 December 1947

Last Amended: 1 February 1991

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1293743

English Heritage Legacy ID: 291443

Location: Godalming, Waverley, Surrey, GU7

County: Surrey

District: Waverley

Civil Parish: Godalming

Built-Up Area: Godalming

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Farncombe

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Listing Text

SU 9844
(east side)
The Almshouses, Wyatt's
Close (formerly listed as
Wyatt's Almshouses)
10 almshouses, now 8 flats, with chapel. 1622 for founder Richard Wyatt (Master
Carpenter of the Carpenters' Company of London); altered C20. Orange-red brick
in English bond, some Bargate rubblestone; plain tile roofs. 2 storeys; 10
single-cell almshouses flanking central, projecting gabled chapel. Symmetrical
facade. Moulded plinth. To each cell a round-arched board door with chamfered
architrave and a 3-light, chamfered brick-mullioned casement window with
stanchions and diamond-leaded lights to each floor, those on 1st floor under
gables. Chapel has central entrance, with later panelled door in surround as
before set in chamfered flat-arched recess with hoodmould; above it are tripled
arched windows in stone surround having stone sill, old glazing 'hoodmould' and
clock face in head of central window; chamfered recess above has painted panel
with coat of arms and inscription recording foundation. Raised verges with
stone coping; 10 stacks with coupled flues to rear; weather-vane to chapel
gable. Rear: ground floor of rubblestone, the whole dominated by the external
stacks of galleted rubblestone with brick plinths, quoins and upper parts, which
have offsets and coupled diagonally-set flues with tabling. Between stacks are
paired doors (to each cell) in stop-chamfered timber surrounds, some battened
board doors surviving but others now windows,all now having weather-boarded
lean-to porches. In the side of each stack is a squint fire-window (lighting
inglenook). Chapel has segmental-arched window opening, the window with arched
central light, and chamfered slit vent to gable. Returns: each gable has a small
chamfered window. Interior: almshouses have chamfered, Tudor-arched, brick
fireplaces, with side bread-ovens to the large, ground-floor fireplaces; stop-
chamfered joists; brick partition walls supporting cross-beams. Chapel: braced,
collared-rafter roof trusses with central, chamfered and stopped tie-beam;
benches along walls fronted by panelled rails, that on right having newel-type
end-post supporting hexagonal, iron-mnwi collecting box; plain box pulpit to
rear wall; Commandment Tables on rear walls; Coat of Arms in rear window; on
right wall, brass commemorating the gift of Richard Wyatt (d.1619) depicts Wyatt
and his children (all kneeling).

Listing NGR: SU9818444808

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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