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© Mr Graham G. G. Warren

IoE Number: 261594
Photographer: Mr Graham G. G. Warren
Date Photographed: 04 May 2005
Date listed: 24 March 1961
Date of last amendment: 24 March 1961
Grade I

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ST6834NWBRUTON CPHIGH STREET (South side)8/120Sexey's Hospital : West Wing,with Chapel

ST6834NW BRUTON CP HIGH STREET (South side) 8/120 Sexey's Hospital : West Wing, with Chapel 24.3.61 GV I Almshouse, with chapel. c1638. Local stone cut and squared with Doulting stone dressings; stone slate roofs behind parapets, with coped gables; stone chimney stacks with moulded caps. 'J'-plan, 2 storeys with undercroft on South side; street elevation of 8 bays. Plinth, eaves string, plain parapet; mostly paired cusped headed windows under continuous stepped label below and string course above; no window lower bay 2, plain cambered arched doorway bay 4; lead rainwater stackhead at West end. Inner courtyard has matching elevations, with one door and one 2-light window to each living unit, 3 to each level on North and West sides, the upper units reached by oak access stair and gallery of 1882 in C17 style; the 3-bay South side has stepped 3-light windows, bay 1 being the chapel window, with smaller similar windows set into gables bays 2 and 3 above; cambered arched doorways to right of each bay, that to bay 2 having flat stone hood on corbel brackets, to bay 3 now blocked by staircase; above doorway between bays 2 and 3 a 3-centre arched recess with architrave in which is set decorated bust of the founder under moulted canopy with cartoucle of arms and plaque under inscribed "Hugh Sexey, Esq., Founder - of this Hospitall - Auditor to Queene Elizabeth and King - James", and signed "Wm Stanton, London, fecit". C16 style East chapel window in gable end. South garden front 2 storeys with attic, 4 bays; paired cusped 2-light windows under shared labels to ground, with stepped 3-light to first floor and attic gables, but with 3-light C15 traceried pointer arch chapel window upper bay 4. Interiors of living units probably modified, but Chapel completely unchanged, with plain timber coving to plaster barrel vault ceiling, C17 panelling and stall-type pews, matching pulpit with tester and lower reading desk and very small altar table. next to chapel the Visitors' entrance, with wide oak plank floors, C17 board and panel doors, and fine timber screen with Ionic columns, leading into Visitors' room, plain but with wide cambered arched fireplace; good stairs to Master's flat above, which has several C17 doors, a small cambered arched fireplace, and the exposed collar trusses of roof frame. First almshouse in Bruton recorded in 1292; Hugh Sexey, a substantial landowner in Bruton died 1619; his trustees decided to rebuild some former charity houses on opposite side of road endowed by Sexey during his lifetime, in or about 1638. (Couzens P, Bruton in Selwood, Abbey Press, Sherborne, 1972).

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