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IoE Number: 319405
Location: ALDERBURY HOUSE, TUNNEL HILL (south side)
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Date listed: 23 March 1960
Date of last amendment: 23 March 1960
Grade II*

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SU 12 NEALDERBURYTUNNEL HILL(south side)5/25Alderbury House

SU 12 NE ALDERBURY TUNNEL HILL (south side) 5/25 Alderbury House 23/3/60 GV II* Country house. Late C18. For George Fort possibly by James Wyatt. Ashlar, with attached brick wing, Welsh slate hipped roof. 2 storey with basement and attic, 3-bay front; central bay flanked by canted bays. Central, glazed door up steps with balustrade, side and top lights with consoles and whole in round-arched panel. Either side are 2 storey canted bays with 12-pane sashes and flat arches in stone. Tripartite sash over door. Modillioned cornice and blocking course. Right return has rusticated basement with round-arched openings; central glazed door up steps with tripartite sash either side in arched panels with balustraded aprons. First floor has three sashes. Garden front to rear is 2- storey with vermiculated basement and 1:3:1 windows, side bays project slightly, central rusticated flat-arched windows with rusticated round-arched windows to sides of basement. Ground floor has three 15-pane sashes to centre and 15-pane sashes with balustraded apron in round-arched panel to sides. First floor has seven 12-pane sashes. To left of entrance front is 2-storey, 6- window brick wing with slate hipped roof, windows are sashes to front and French windows with casements to rear. Interior: much survives despite army use during war. Central entrance has fine curving stairs with wrought iron balustrade. Contemporary doors and door cases throughout; doors with central beading. Drawing room has large round-arched alcove flanked by Ionic columns, fine plaster cornice, moulded dado and marble fireplace. Dining room with double apsidal ends and curved doors, marble fireplace. Sitting room has acanthus plaster cornice and Adam style fireplace. Circular bedroom above the dining room. History: said to have been built by James Wyatt shortly after he pulled down the campanile at Salisbury Cathedral in 1789, with the reused stone, but no evidence exists to support this although the style and period are right. George Fort was a Salisbury hatter with some interests in the Salisbury Canal which was built in the area, shortly before the house, but never finished. The house stands in a landscaped park with a lake which formed part of the canal. (Unpublished records of R.C.H.M. (England), Salisbury).

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