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© Mr Cyril N. Chapman LRPS

IoE Number: 379730
Location: BLAISE CASTLE, HENBURY ROAD (south west side)
  BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
Photographer: Mr Cyril N. Chapman LRPS
Date Photographed: 26 June 2000
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 08 January 1959
Grade II*

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BRISTOLST5578HENBURY ROAD, Henbury901-1/20/1361(South West side)

BRISTOL ST5578 HENBURY ROAD, Henbury 901-1/20/1361 (South West side) 08/01/59 Blaise Castle GV II* Sham castle. 1766. Renovated 1957. By Robert Mylne. For Thomas Farr. Lias ashlar with limestone dressings. Circular in plan with 3 turrets. Gothick style. 2 storeys; 5-window range. Symmetrical front elevation with a central 2-centred arched doorway below a large cross window with Y-tracery and cinquefoil heads, 3 windows to each turret have shallow arched cinquefoil heads in rectangular frames; slightly overhanging crenellated parapet, blind cross arrow slits to the ground and top floors and pierced quatrefoils to the turrets and a shield above the door. INTERIOR: largely removed in the 1957 repair, after the Castle had become badly neglected; winder stair in the right-hand turret. HISTORICAL NOTE: the 3-tower form was made popular by Fort Belvedere, Shrub House, Windsor (Pevsner). Unusually for such buildings, Blaise Castle was habitable. Repton in his Red Book for Joseph Harford of 1798 recommended raising one turret to render the symmetrical outline more picturesque. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 174; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 468).

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