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© Ms Ruth Povey

IoE Number: 380621
Photographer: Ms Ruth Povey
Date Photographed: 02 October 2004
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade II*

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BRISTOL ST5675 STOKE HILL, Stoke Bishop 901-1/31/2012 (North East side) 08/01/59 Stoke House, Clifton Theological College, and attached rear kitchen block (Formerly Listed as: STOKE HILL (North East side) Clifton Theological College, Stoke House) II* House, now college. Dated 1669. Extended mid C18, extended and partly refaced 1872 by Foster and Wood. Pennant rubble with limestone dressings, ashlar end-gable stacks and tiled double-pile roof. Early centralised double-depth plan with a central hall. Jacobean style with Jacobethan Revival-style refacing. 2 storeys and attic; 5-window range. 3 ogee gables and a full-height central porch; a fine late C17 ashlar doorcase has helical columns to naive Corinthian capitals, a segmental pediment over an elliptical doorway, with a heraldic cartouche flanked by angels, and a date panel; above is a pedimented cross window, and to the sides of the porch are late C17 rectangular panels with oval lights, and broken pediments on the ground floor and segmental pediments above; similar lights in the gables. Either side are C19 two-storey bays with bowed fronts and 5 curved and 2 flanking plate-glass sashes with mullions and transoms. Strapwork parapets to bays and porch; in the valley behind a crenellated flat roof above the stair well; 3 groups of 4 ashlar gable stacks in the plain end gables, and ogee gables to rear either side of the stair. INTERIOR: a quadripartite vault on carved springers to the porch; a large central hall with vine-leaf cornice, doorways with eared architraves and panelled reveals, and a fine C17 newel-framed stair with wainscotting, restored mid C19, with carved splat balusters and panelled newels with open pyramid tops and pendants; C18 dogleg stair in the right-hand rear extension, with turned balusters and column newels and a ramped rail; stairs to the attic have turned balusters and panelled newels with ball finials. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached square 3-storey kitchen block to the rear with gables to each side and cross windows. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 474).

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