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IoE Number: 32917
Location: THE CHURCH HOUSE, CHEW STREET (north side)
Photographer: Mr Charles Hallsworth
Date Photographed: 03 September 1999
Date listed: 21 June 1990
Date of last amendment: 04 December 1986
Grade II*

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ST 56 SECHEW MAGNA C.P.CHEW STREET (north side)3/23Old School Room (formerly The21.9.60Church House)

ST 56 SE CHEW MAGNA C.P. CHEW STREET (north side) 3/23 Old School Room (formerly The 21.9.60 Church House) II* Church house, now in public use, formerly used as school. c1510, with later alterations. Coursed sandstone rubble, limestone dressings and long and short quoins, double Roman tiled roof with raised coped verges and kneelers. Rectangular plan. 2 storeys, west front has gable end, central moulded 4-centred arched door opening, C19 door with raised fillets, ogee hood mould with finial, one window each side of door and 3 above, all 2-light leaded casements with moulded stone mullions and hood moulds, 4-centred arched heads except central upper window which has cusped lights, carved shield of arms over door, glazed single lancet in gable with small carved figure above (St. George and the dragon). North elevation has external stair supported by 2 octagonal piers and end rubble wall, leading to 2 chamfered 4-centred arched door openings at upper level, 3 similar door openings to ground floor, blocked to right; 4 windows per floor, similar stone mullioned casements, alternate windows having 4-centred and cusped lights, one bay to right of stair, 3 to left, coved eaves cornice, pair of polygonal stone stacks rising from eaves. South elevation has 2 blocked doors to left and two 2-light 4-centred arched windows to right, first floor has two 2-light windows to left with 4-centred arched heads, 3-light window, two 2-light and one 3-light to right, 3-light windows being wooden replacements, stack rising from eaves to left. Rear has large cusped C19 window in gable end lighting former school-room, very large quoin blocks. Interior: ground floor has possible quoin stones in south wall, only visible on interior, timber lintels remaining north and south from former door openings, very large lintel across whole east wall with stone jambs for fireplace, possible smoke chamber above. At first floor, fine 11-bay roof with principal rafters, arched braces, cambered collars, 2 rows of purlins and ridge purlin, curved windbraces in lower tier, cornice joining arched- braces, collars tenoned into arched-braces. (Sources: Pevsner, N. : Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol. 1958).

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