© Michael Bass
DOWN HOUSE, STATION ROAD (west side)
SHAPWICK, SEDGEMOOR, SOMERSET
30 March 2004
29 March 1963
Date of last amendment:
06 December 1985
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ST43NW SHAPWICK CP STATION ROAD (West sidei
2/27 Shapwick Manor
(formerly listed as Down House)
Manor house, now school. Medieval, for Almoner of Glastonbury Abbey; rebuilt early C17 for Bull family, the residence
in mid C17 of Henry Bull, Barrister of the Middle Temple and M.P. for Somerset; restored and extended mid C19, probably
for Strangways family. Colourwashed coursed and squared rubble some render to left return, slate roofs, coped verges
with bases for finials, coursed and squared rubble stacks, some with moulded caps. Elizabethan asymmetrical frontage.
Two storeys, 3:1:2 bays, windows to first floor under front facing gables; left 3 bays with 4-light reserved chamfer
stone- mullioned windows; C19 casement to each light with horizontal glazing bars, stopped labels; right 2 bays with 2,
3 and 4-light stone mullioned windows, stopped labels, that to left of first floor with a low pedimented gable.
Projecting 2-storeyed gabled porch to centre; 2-light reserved chamfer stone-mullioned window to first floor;
hollow-moulded segmental headed outer door opening in a dressed stone surround. Three 2-stage buttresses between left 3
bays. Left return of 2:3:1 bays, some ovolo-moulded stone-mullioned windows, stopped labels; C19 5-light canted bay.
Glazed verandah on slender iron supports. Interior much remodelled mid C19 in a Jacobean style, of particular note 2
fireplaces in carved wooden mantelpieces with busts; C18 panelled room to left of ground floor; C18 staircase; C18
strongroom with cast-iron door.