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Latitude: 51.9067 / 51°54'24"N
Longitude: -2.0795 / 2°4'46"W
OS Eastings: 394624
OS Northings: 223128
OS Grid: SO946231
Mapcode National: GBR 2M4.H19
Mapcode Global: VH947.WBZP
Entry Name: Francis Close College Old Practising School
Listing Date: 5 May 1972
Last Amended: 26 November 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1387896
English Heritage Legacy ID: 475889
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
Electoral Ward/Division: St Paul's
Built-Up Area: Cheltenham
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Cheltenham St Paul
Church of England Diocese: Gloucester
SO9423SE ST PAUL'S ROAD
630-1/5/846 (South side)
05/05/72 Francis Close College: Old
(Formerly Listed as:
ST PAUL'S ROAD
Old Practising School)
School, now college. 1854-58. GF Bodley, architect. Stone over
brick with steeply-pitched tiled roofs; half-hipped gables,
gables, gambrel and mansard roofs; tall stone chimney stacks.
Gothic style. Irregular U-plan.
EXTERIOR: single tall storey school room with single bay to
gable end and 4-bay return; range to rear with 2 storeys with
attics, 3 first-floor windows, then a further 2-storey,
single-bay range with attic to gable. School room: gable end
has set into it a 3-light mullion and transom window with
cusped rectangular heads to the lights, Gothic arch above with
tile-filled spandrel. Entrance to right return in gabled porch
has plank door, then three 2-light windows with shaped heads;
off-centre projecting stack. Attached behind a taller block
with Gothic windows, those to ground floor are 4-light mullion
and transom windows with quatrefoil type decoration to heads
and relieving arches over, inserted entrance at right a plank
door in pointed surround; upper stage has 3-light cusped
window and two 2-light straight-headed windows.
Straight-headed roof dormers; feature off-centre stack.
Further gabled range has 2 cusped lights to ground floor with
buttress between, first floor has 2-light window in cusped
surround; attic has 3-light window with colonnettes between
and decorative arches over with impost band. Part to right has
INTERIOR: dogleg staircase with stick balusters and newel
posts to right part; otherwise not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: originally designed to link with St Paul's
Training College (qv), Swindon Road.
(The Buildings of England: Verey D: Gloucestershire: The Vale
and The Forest of Dean: London: 1970-: 146).
Listing NGR: SO9462423120
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