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Former Western College (Original Block)

A Grade II Listed Building in Compton, Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3854 / 50°23'7"N

Longitude: -4.1317 / 4°7'54"W

OS Eastings: 248548

OS Northings: 56117

OS Grid: SX485561

Mapcode National: GBR RD1.SP

Mapcode Global: FRA 2870.VKM

Plus Code: 9C2Q9VP9+58

Entry Name: Former Western College (Original Block)

Listing Date: 10 December 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386494

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473881

Location: Compton, Plymouth, PL4

County: Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Compton

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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740-1/38/338 (North side)
10/12/97 Nos.5-17 (Odd)
Former Western College (original block)


Congregational theological college. 1861. By J Hine. Plymouth
limestone rubble brought to course and Bath stone dressings;
steep dry slate roofs, spire to taller entrance porch and
steep pyramidal roofs to lower wings set back at left and
right; coped over the party walls; large gabled roof dormers
with canted bay windows. Gothic Revival style.
PLAN: large irregular double-depth plan with central principal
entrance block.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys plus attics; 1:4:1:4:1-window range front
plus wing set back at either end. Paired pointed-arched lights
under pointed arch with blind plate tracery to ground floor; 2
small gabled porches: left of centre (with buttress behind)
and towards left, both with triple-arched door heads and
cusped overlights; 2 doorways towards right with similar heads
contrived out of the right-hand lights of 2 of the windows,
all with planked doors; carved impost string and carved
capitals to mullion shafts. 1st floor with sill string, paired
square-headed lights and carved capitals to taller mullion
shafts, bay left of main porch taller and 3-light window with
pointed lights under a rose window within a gable. Entrance
tower has canted front with 2-light windows with cusped heads
under star tracery, each window over a pointed-arched doorway.
Ground-floor windows with glazing bars; 1st-floor windows with
pointed heads over transoms.
INTERIOR: large entrance hall has canted glazed and panelled
entrance screen with pointed arches and fielded panels; 3
pointed arches to rear, the central arch a niche containing 3
arches; moulded plaster ceiling cornice. Otherwise not
Imaginative use of the Gothic style.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4854856117

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