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IoE Number: 388777
Photographer: Mr Derek Le Mare
Date Photographed: 26 August 2001
Date listed: 22 February 1973
Date of last amendment: 28 November 1994
Grade II

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BARNARD CASTLE NZ0516SE NEWGATE 770-1/7/147 (North side) 22/02/73 Barnard Castle School (Formerly Listed as: NEWGATE (North side) Barnard Castle School (excluding modern additions)) GV II Independent school. 1883-6. By Clark & Moscrop of Darlington. 1889-90 sanatorium; 1896 swimming-bath block; 1899-1900 science block. For the Trustees of Benjamin Flounders with the Trustees of St. John's Hospital, Barnard Castle, and a Durham University Committee. Rock-faced sandstone with ashlar plinth, quoins and dressings; roof of graduated Lakeland slate with stone gable copings and chimneys. PLAN: symmetrical with north, east and west wings radiating from central projecting office block; left sanatorium wing and rear swimming pool and science laboratories attached. Jacobean style. EXTERIOR: south elevation towards Newgate of 3 storeys and attics 6:3:6-window range. Steps up to central door in frontispiece with Ionic order on ground floor and Tuscan on 2 upper floors; many-panelled door and overlight with decorative glazing bars in round arch with imposts, flanked by narrow round-headed lights with glazing bars; large elaborate bracket to first floor oriel flanked by niches; second floor has mullioned-and-transomed window and niches; top balustrade with obelisk finials. Floor strings continuous across front to all windows, which have from 2 to 6 lights and smaller on upper floors, which have filletted ovolo moulding to mullions and transoms and are recessed in flat stone surrounds. Triple gables over projecting entrance block have small 3-light windows; 5 gabled dormers rise from eaves at each side. Sanatorium at left, linked to main block by corridor with shouldered arches, breaks forward with 7-light window on ground floor and 9-light windows on upper floors in gable to front, and 5 tall 2-light windows one each floor in returns. Roof has stone coping to all gables, and tall glazed lantern over junction of 3 wings. INTERIOR: original detail mostly unaltered, with C17 style carved and moulded stone chimneypieces in principal offices and corniced plainer stone chimneypieces in classrooms; rail-and-stile doors with 6 equal panels or classroom doors with upper panels glazed; architraves, boarded classroom dados, and cornices. On ground floor, Big School at right and dining hall at left panelled with Tudor-flower frieze; dining hall has doorcases with broken pediment on architrave. Central well under lantern has diabolo balustraded galleries, with arched entrances to the 3 wings; wrought-iron roof ties; gallery and boarded dado at each level; enclosed stair off to rear right is cantileverd and has high grip handrail on stick balusters. Swimming bath has roof of big renewed A-trusses of laminated wood, the collars paired and bolted; boarded pine ceiling with lantern to cupola. Originally the North Eastern County School, the name was changed to Barnard Castle School in 1924. (Hitchcock RC: The History of Barnard Castle School 1883-1933: 1933-).

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