The Church House / Old School Room

3 Sep 1999
The Church House, Chew Street, Chew Magna, Bath And North East Somerset, Somerset
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Old School Room, Chew Street, Chew Magna, Bath And North East Somerset, Somerset
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


3/23 Old School Room (formerly The 21.9.60 Church House)


Church house, now in public use, formerly used as school. c1510, with later alterations. Coursed sandstone rubble, limestone dressings and long and short quoins, double Roman tiled roof with raised coped verges and kneelers.

Rectangular plan. 2 storeys, west front has gable end, central moulded 4-centred arched door opening, C19 door with raised fillets, ogee hood mould with finial, one window each side of door and 3 above, all 2-light leaded casements with moulded stone mullions and hood moulds, 4-centred arched heads except central upper window which has cusped lights, carved shield of arms over door, glazed single lancet in gable with small carved figure above (St. George and the dragon).

North elevation has external stair supported by 2 octagonal piers and end rubble wall, leading to 2 chamfered 4-centred arched door openings at upper level, 3 similar door openings to ground floor, blocked to right; 4 windows per floor, similar stone mullioned casements, alternate windows having 4-centred and cusped lights, one bay to right of stair, 3 to left, coved eaves cornice, pair of polygonal stone stacks rising from eaves. South elevation has 2 blocked doors to left and two 2-light 4-centred arched windows to right, first floor has two 2-light windows to left with 4-centred arched heads, 3-light window, two 2-light and one 3-light to right, 3-light windows being wooden replacements, stack rising from eaves to left. Rear has large cusped C19 window in gable end lighting former school-room, very large quoin blocks. Interior: ground floor has possible quoin stones in south wall, only visible on interior, timber lintels remaining north and south from former door openings, very large lintel across whole east wall with stone jambs for fireplace, possible smoke chamber above. At first floor, fine 11-bay roof with principal rafters, arched braces, cambered collars, 2 rows of purlins and ridge purlin, curved windbraces in lower tier, cornice joining arched- braces, collars tenoned into arched-braces. (Sources: Pevsner, N. : Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol. 1958).

Listing NGR: ST5768063169


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0894 IOE Records taken by Charles Hallsworth; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Charles Hallsworth. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Hallsworth, Charles

Rights Holder: Hallsworth, Charles


Limestone, Rubble, Sandstone, Tile, Medieval Church House, Tudor Civil, Meeting Hall, Public Building, School, Education