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Banwell Castle

Hob Uid: 194562
Location :
North Somerset
Grid Ref : ST4015058650
Summary : Castle and outbuildings. Circa 1848
More information : (ST 40155865 - sited from HHR Map)

Banwell Castle, terraces and
courtyard walls

Grade II*

House, terraces and courtyard walls. Circa 1848. For John Dyer
Sympson. Rubble, freestone dressings, slate. Garden front; 5 windows
in main block, centre 3 step well forward between small circlar
turrets, 3 storeys; 3 windows in attached 2 storey octagonal tower,
2 windows in further single storey wing to east; windows mullioned
or transmullioned under drips (continuous at second floor), east
wing has 16 light glazing bar sashes; off centre left is a large
mullioned ground floor bay; all under corbelled embattled parapets
with decorative loops. Courtyard front; 3 storeys, 7 windows
all under parapets as front; at left, a circular turret with slit
windows; then, set back, two bays, slits under drips, at ground
floor projecting entrance porch and adjoining room, embattled
turrets flank a tudor arch doorway; then 2 bays forward, first
a 3 storey transmullioned window at the stairwell, then a 2 storey
canted bay; 1 window in a hexagonal turret; last bay steps back;
plain with slits. In front a terrace with trefoil pierce parapet,
lions rampant with swords on embattled octagonal gate piers flank
6 steps; to right; a terrace behind a pair of circular embattled
turrets with cross loops. Interior: Modest but elaborately
decorated spaces; entrance hall has mock linenfold panelling in
particular around a central fireplace; staircase has flat octagonal
newel and balusters paired with rich decorative panels; drawing
and dining rooms have stone tudor arch fireplace and plaster framed
ceilings with foliate decoration. The building is adjoined by a
terrace and dairy (q.v.). Despite date and quality of design,
architect not known.

(ST 40125867 - sited from HHR Map)

Coachhouse at Banwell Castle

Grade II*

Coachhouse with former granary over. Circa 1848. Rubble, leaded flat
roof. 2 storeys; gatehouse front: an arch in unworked stone below
3 round headed lancets, a tal;ler circular turret and to left C20
garage doors inserted for coach doors, all under embattled parapet;
courtyard front blank ground floor with archway to left, first floor
has 1 and 2 light square headed casements under uncut drips; to
left higher embattled parapet, to right a circular turret; at east
end a single storey, one room extension.

(ST 40125868 - Sited from HHR Map)

Gatehouse stables and flanking walls
at Banwell Castle

Grade II*

Gatehouse, stables and flanking walls. Circa 1848. Rubble, freestone
dressings. Chamfered double arch below parapet between circular
embattled towers decorated with cross loops, that to left has ground
floor slit windows; cast iron gates with heraldic motifs; from within
arch, flights of steps rise into each tower through chamfered, round
headed openings; to right a heavily embattled wall curves round to
the tower on the west wall (q.v.); to left a larger, 2 storey
embattled drum tower single light windows adjoins a hexagonal turret
with a capping small circular turret; to left of this, an embattled
wall pierced by round headed lancets for stables up to a buttress,
plain thereafter the wall runs on to the dairy (q.v.); behind wall
to left of gatehouse are plain lean-to altered stables.

(ST 40185864 - sited from HHR Map)

Terrace and dairy at Banwell Castle

Grade II*

Terrace from house to decorative dairy. Circa 1848. Rubble and
freestone. Low walled terrace above buttressed round headed arcade;
small low arch to left and next 2 larger ones lead to storage below
terrace; that to right leads through to back of house; terrace
culminates to right at road in a tall octagonal freestone turret
with slit windows on 3 sides to road and 3 to garden, plain doorway
to garden; turret is known as and may have been dairy. Terrace
adjoins house (q.v.) at west and flanking wall (q.v.) at east.

(ST 40105868 - 40115863 - sited from HHR Map)

West garden walls with towers at
Banwell Castle

Grade II*

Garden wall with decorative towers. Circa 1848. Rubble, freestone.
Embattled garden wall with central boarded garden gate in flat arch
opening; at south, a small embattled tower, square to garden with
a plain door, canted to road with slit windows; at north, a 2 storey
square embattled tower with corbelled circular corner turret,
pointed pedestrian door to north, large flat arch opening to south.
At north adjoins gatehouse flanking wall (q.v.).

Kitchen garden wall and tower 170
metres south east of Banwell Castle

Grade II

Wall and tower to former kitchen garden, now nursery. Mid C19.
Rubble, brick. Long, circa 2 metre high kitchen garden wall pierced
by a pointed gateway dressed in brick with 2 returns; that to the
east terminates in a circa 4 metre high embattled circular tower
with a pointed door and slit windows. (1)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE(HHR) District of Woodspring, Avon, Jan 1984, 4-6.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1848
Monument Type : House, Coach House, Gatehouse, Stable, Dairy, Wall, Garden Wall
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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 45 NW 46
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