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©  Mike Bedingfield LRPS

IoE Number: 350213
Photographer: Mike Bedingfield LRPS
Date Photographed: 20 September 2001
Date listed: 09 February 1961
Date of last amendment: 09 February 1961
Grade II*

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ST 45 NWBANWELLCASTLE HILL (south side)5/8Banwell Castle, terraces and9.2.61courtyard wallsG.V.

ST 45 NW BANWELL CASTLE HILL (south side) 5/8 Banwell Castle, terraces and 9.2.61 courtyard walls G.V. II* House, terraces and courtyard walls. Circa 1848. For John Dyer Sympson. Rubble, freestone dressings, slate. Garden front; 5 windows in main block, centre 3 step well forward between small circular turrets, 3 storeys; 3 windows in attached 2 storey octagonal tower, 2 windows in further single storey wing to east; windows mullioned or transmullioned under drips (continuous at second floor), east wing has 16 light glazing bar sashes; off centre left is a large mullioned ground floor bay; all under corbelled embattled parapets with decorative loops. Courtyard front; 3 storeys, 7 windows all under parapets as front; at left, a circular turret with slit windows; then, set back, two bays, slits under drips, at ground floor projecting entrance porch and adjoining room, embattled turrets flank a tudor arch doorway; then 2 bays forward, first a 3 storey transmullioned window at the stairwell, then a 2 storey canted bay; 1 window in a hexagonal turret; last bay steps back; plain with slits. In front a terrace with trefoil pierce parapet, lions rampant with swords on embattled octagonal gate piers flank 6 steps; to right; a terrace behind a pair of circular embattled turrets with cross loops. Interior; Modest but elaborately decorated spaces; entrance hall has mock linenfold panelling in particular around a central fireplace; staircase has flat octagonal newel and balusters paired with rich decorative panels; drawing and dining rooms have stone tudor arch fireplaces and plaster framed ceilings with foliate decoration. The building is adjoined by a terrace and dairy (q.v.). Despite date and quality of design, architect not known.

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