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Charlton House the Downs School

A Grade II Listed Building in Wraxall and Failand, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.4598 / 51°27'35"N

Longitude: -2.7298 / 2°43'47"W

OS Eastings: 349393

OS Northings: 173680

OS Grid: ST493736

Mapcode National: GBR JK.M61H

Mapcode Global: VH88K.MKQR

Plus Code: 9C3VF75C+W3

Entry Name: Charlton House the Downs School

Listing Date: 13 October 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321023

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33573

Location: Wraxall and Failand, North Somerset, BS48

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Wraxall and Failand

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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3/178 Charlton House (The Downs School)
- II

Small country house, presently a school. Probably late mediaeval, altered
early - mid C17, and extended c.1877-84. Rendered; slate roof behind coped
parapet; ashlar stacks. Irregular U-plan building of 3 storeys. The central
section has 3 windows on the ground floor and 5 on the first: two 5-light cross
windows to the right (the Hall) with ovolo moulded king mullions and surrounds;
2- and 3-light casements elsewhere, all under dripmoulds. 2 storey gabled porch
to left; C19 door and moulded surround. Projecting wings to either side, each
surmounted by curvilinear gables with ball finials: 2 storey, square bay window
of 5-lights to right wing; slightly projecting 3 storey bay to left, 5-light
cross window on ground floor and 3-light window on first, all C19 with ovolo
moulded mullions and surrounds. Drainpipe hopper on the right (west) wing is
dated 1883. Further 2 bay extension to west: lateral stack; 3- and 2-light
cross windows with ovolo moulded mullions and casements. Interior. Mostly C19
but retaining a screens passage with the hall to the left. The hall fireplace
is early C17: stone; moulded and gadrooned surround; clustered colonnettes to
each side with termini caryatids, enriched frieze and moulded cornice; large
overmantel with draped figures of kings and women (Charity and Justice) with full
armorial bearings. One east internal window is said to have an early C16
2-light window with arched lights. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England :
North Somerset and Bristol, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST4939373680

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