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Windermere House

A Grade II Listed Building in Lancaster, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.0472 / 54°2'49"N

Longitude: -2.8025 / 2°48'8"W

OS Eastings: 347552

OS Northings: 461541

OS Grid: SD475615

Mapcode National: GBR 8PWM.2Y

Mapcode Global: WH846.XJNQ

Entry Name: Windermere House

Listing Date: 11 June 1990

Last Amended: 13 March 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298364

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383216

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Lancaster

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


1685-1/7/183 (South side)
11/06/90 Windermere House
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
Redman House)


Girls' charity school, now offices. 1849. Probably by Sharpe
and Paley. Elizabethen Vernacular style. Coursed and snecked
sandstone with ashlar dressings. Slate roofs with coped gables
and kneelers. Rectangular plan with the entrance in the second
bay. Chimney stacks, each with 2 flues set diagonally, between
the second and third bays and on the right-hand gable. Low
service wing to the rear.
2 storeys and 5 slightly irregular bays, each with a gabled
dormer. The doorway has a moulded 2-centred arch, and a
boarded door, recessed up 2 steps. Above the doorway is an
arched niche which contains the figures of 2 girls holding an
inscription. To the left on the ground floor is a 4-light
mullioned window; like all the others, it has arched lights.
The first 2 gables, each with a 2-light mullioned and
transomed window, are offset slightly to the left. To the
right of the doorway on the ground floor are four 3-light
mullioned and transomed windows, while on the first floor
there are only three 3-light stepped mullioned and transomed
windows, each under a gable. The left-hand gable wall has a
3-light mullioned and transomed window on the ground floor,
with a similar stepped one above. To the left of the building
is a raised yard.
INTERIOR: to the right of the entrance there is a large room
on each floor; the upper one has an arch-braced roof.
HISTORY: built to replace a smaller school on the same site,
which was opened in 1772 and whose datestone is visible inside
on the ground floor. The inscription above the main doorway,
which is almost illegible, was said to read: 'This school was
rebuilt and enlarged by the bounty of Richard Newsham, Esq.,
of Preston, and Agnes Bowes, his wife, and other friends of
education, an extension being granted by William Ford, Esq.,
and his sisters, A.D. 1849.'
(Cross Fleury (pseud.): Time-Honoured Lancaster: Lancaster:
1891-: 530).

Listing NGR: SD4755261541

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

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