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Portway House

A Grade I Listed Building in Warminster, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2073 / 51°12'26"N

Longitude: -2.1824 / 2°10'56"W

OS Eastings: 387354

OS Northings: 145364

OS Grid: ST873453

Mapcode National: GBR 1V6.72G

Mapcode Global: VH97H.4X3B

Plus Code: 9C3V6R49+W2

Entry Name: Portway House

Listing Date: 28 April 1952

Last Amended: 31 March 1978

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1364442

English Heritage Legacy ID: 312972

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Warminster

Built-Up Area: Warminster

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Warminster St Denys

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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(West Side)
Nos 31 and 33
[Portway House).
Formerly listed
as No 19 (Portway
ST 8745 SW 6/95 28.4.52.


Rebuilt 1722 by Edward Middlecott, a wealthy clothier. Dower House to Longleat
1820-1920. Recently Urban District HQ. Bath stone ashlar; basement and 3
storeys flanked by 2 storey wings. 7 bay centre, 3 bay wings. Set well back
from road. Moulded plinth, moulded strings over 1st and ground floor windows.
Moulded cornice broken over end caps and caps of pilasters framing centre
bay. Low parapet with moulded coping and ball finials; small lead panel in
centre with initals M.E.M. over 1722. Glazing bar sash windows with moulded
architraves, cills and deep aprons on moulded bases, resting on strings across
front. Angle pilasters at each floor level with panelled and moulded plinths.
1st and 2nd floor centre window framed by fluted pilasters with unfinished
capping, broken pediment over 1st floor. Central door replaced by large angular
bay of 3 lights in matching style with angle pilasters (window larger). Flanking
2 light basement windows, 2 on each side of bay (with railings on left).
Original doorpiece moved to recessed linking bay to left hand wing; panelled
Doric pilasters with carved enrichment to necking and segmental pediment over
entablature; steps up with base piers having large ball finials with scalloped
bases. 2 storey slightly recessed wings in matching style, probably late
C19 (said to date from circa 1760). Left hand wing with recessed link for
entrance, see above. 2 bays and further doorway in single storey extension
with flat hood of semi-circular plan (No 31). The west front more balanced
composition, simplified. 10 panel door in centre with simple segmental pediment.
Terrace in front with steps at east end framed by ashlar piers with moulded
caps and carved stone vases. Interior retains some of its panelled rooms
and at least 2 good contemporary marble fireplaces, one with good shell niche
cupboard to right in former Dining room. The original staircase is very
good: 3 turned balusters to tread, fluted newel posts, ramped moulded rail
and panelled and inlaid dado, cut strings with enriched ends and moulded undersides
to steps; stair branches at landing below 1st floor. Panelled annexe to south-east
of hall with fluted prize. Vaulted basement.

Listing NGR: ST8735445364

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