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St Marys Hall School and Attached Railings Terrace Walls and Piers

A Grade II Listed Building in Brighton and Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove

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Latitude: 50.8183 / 50°49'6"N

Longitude: -0.1131 / 0°6'47"W

OS Eastings: 533011

OS Northings: 103785

OS Grid: TQ330037

Mapcode National: GBR KQH.N6R

Mapcode Global: FRA B6NX.V2B

Entry Name: St Marys Hall School and Attached Railings Terrace Walls and Piers

Listing Date: 20 August 1971

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1380484

English Heritage Legacy ID: 480685

Location: Brighton and Hove, BN2

County: The City of Brighton and Hove

Electoral Ward/Division: East Brighton

Built-Up Area: Brighton and Hove

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Brighton St George with St Anne and St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text


577-1/50/247 (North side)
20/08/71 St Mary's Hall School and attached
railings, terrace walls and piers


Boarding school for girls. 1836. Designed by George Basevi and
founded by the Rev. Henry Venn Elliot, Curate of St Mary's
Church, St James's Street (qv) on nine acres of land given by
the Marquess of Bristol. Stucco scored to resemble coursed
ashlaring and quoins. Roof of slate, double span to the main
block and gable facing to the dormers. Tudor Gothic.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with gabled dormers flush with the front
wall to centre block; 3 storeys with facing gables to end
pavilions. 7-window range. The block is symmetrical about the
entrance which is Tudor arched with recessed spandrels,
moulded jambs and chamfered surround; to either side is a
single Tudor-arched light set in a flat-arched surround. All
other openings on the ground and first floor are flat arched
with Tudor hood mouldings which, on the ground floor of the
centre section, are connected by a continuous springing band.
Panelled door and hardware in sympathetic style date from the
late C19 or early C20. The window ranges at either end are
treated as projecting pavilions with facing gables; these
pavilions are built on a larger scale than centre block,
project above its roof, and are articulated by corner quoins.
Storey band between ground and first floors. Above entrance an
elaborate first-floor window composed of 5 pointed lights
which are gathered together in a single flat-arched surround.
To the left of the centre range, just above first-floor
windows, is a timber bell cote. The centre block is topped by
3 gabled dormers symmetrically disposed, each pierced by a
pair of Tudor-arched, double-light windows. Finial at peak of
each gabled dormer, that over the centre treated as a floriate
cross. Cross windows to the first floor of the end pavilions;
each end pavilion gable has a first-floor window composed of 4
Tudor-arched lights with a common transom and hood moulding
which forms a springing band continuous across the pavilion;
each end pavilion gable pierced by a 3 light, Tudor-arched
window; the gables themselves are stepped in their lower
halves, becoming pointed above. The strong symmetricality of
the elevation is broken by one peculiar feature of these
pavilion bays: the left pavilion gable has gabled returns
while the right pavilion gable has a gabled return to the
right only. These gable returns are themselves pierced by
double, Tudor-arched lights. The right return has a
full-height chimney breast; four 2-stepped gable dormers flush
with the wall plane. All windows on this return have Tudor
hood mouldings, although original openings have in many cases
been altered. The left return is similar to the right, but
even more altered. The full-height projecting chimney breast
has an elaborate brick stack, however.
INTERIOR: the entrance hall has a noteworthy open-well wood
stair with cast-iron balusters; the wood elements are simply
chamfered and frankly assembled.
Also included in this designation are the cast-iron railings
to the area at the foot of the main elevation and the complex
of brick, flint and stone piers, parapets and walls which
enclose and embank the west side of the 2 terraces immediately
to the south of the school. The entrance foyer and hall has
early to mid C19 tile paving.
HISTORICAL NOTE: when first opened the school was intended
solely for the daughters of clergymen. Admission was extended
to the daughters of the laity in 1920. St Mary's is now the
oldest school in Brighton in continuous use.
(Carder T: The Encyclopaedia of Brighton: Lewes: 1990-: 168).

Listing NGR: TQ3301103785

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