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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1058192



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Berkley

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 11-Mar-1968

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 267061

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8/115 Berkley House



Country House, mid C18. Probably designed and built by Nathaniel Ireson of Wincanton. Ashlar Doulting stone with hipped slate roofs. Basement, two storeys and attic. Symmetrical facade of 7 windows arranged 2:3:2. Over central section a dentilled pediment on Ionic pilasters. Venetian window in tympanum. Central stone doorcase with pediment and entablature on two engaged Tuscan columns, rusticated door opening, fanlight and panelled door. Keyed, semi-circular headed window on each side. To side sections cornices and plain parapets, sash windows with glazing bars and internal shutters in moulded keyed architraves. Rusticated end pilasters and basement storey. Flight of 5-steps to door, with urns set at the angles. 5-window return elevations, first floor windows have iron balconette. To the rear, a 3-storey domestic range, probably C17. Rubble Doulting stone, slate roofs. Wooden casement windows in plain keyed architraves, heavy lead rain water goods-gutters with scalloped edge decoration, pipes - cast square box section with ribbing matching those to main building. Interior not seen but said to contain a fine Hall and beyond a balustraded staircase arranged around a square, open well and containing interesting paintings, including a portrait believed to be of John Wood of Bath, carved rococo decoration to frames of c 1750. The House belonged to the Prowse family in the C18 and was occupied for a time by Thomas Prowse who was elected five times MP for Somerset and declined the Speakership in 1761. Thomas Prowse designed Hatch Court near Taunton (qv). (RIBA Journal, XLVI, p 536, 1939).

Listing NGR: ST8113149380

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Royal Institute of British Architects Journal' in Royal Institute of British Architects Journal, (1939), 536

National Grid Reference: ST 81131 49380


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