Merrist Wood Hall / Merrist Wood House

20 Feb 2001
Merrist Wood Hall, Coombe Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5/140 Merrist Wood House 14.6.67 (formerly listed as Merrist Wood Hall) GV II

Country House, now Agricultural College. Designed 1875, built 1876-7, rebuilt after fire in 1978, by Richard Norman Shaw for Charles Peyto Shrubb.

Snecked Bargate stone below with ashlar dressings, tile hung on first floor left, close-stud half timber to first floor centre and right. Hipped plain tiled roofs. 2 storeys, first floor jettied on moulded bressumer with attics in gables and under two pentice roof, leaded casement, dormers to left.

Quadruple ridge stack to left, larger ridge stack with corbelled top to left of centre, large stack to front right on stone plinth with ribbed brick shaft and corbelled top. 2 bays set back to left with two 5-light, hexagonal pattern leaded casement windows under tiled, penticed, hoods on first floor. Two 2-light stone dressed, leaded casements on ground floor with one 4-light mullioned and transomed window. 2 projecting 4-light leaded casement windows on first floor left of entrance with flanking, single light casement. 3 windows below in a similar arrangement, 2 stone dressed, one wood framed. 2 single light casements to ground floor right in the base of the stack, one larger window to right end. Projecting 3 storey gabled porch to right of centre, braced on first floor with heavily moulded bressumer over ground floor.

Continuous 6-light window across width of second and first floors. Arched entrance to ground floor with heavy bracing to posts and timber sides, brick infilled. Square panelled doors.

Right hand return front: large, angle-bay hall window.

Rear: Projecting range to right, tile hung across first floor. Leaded fenestration and tall stacks.

Interior: Great Hall: restored in 1978 back to full height. Timber framed, three bays with Crown-post roof. Panelled walls with billet decoration along top. Minstrels gallery at one end with turned ballusters.

C20 extensions to left not included.

PEVSNER: BUILDINGS OF ENGLAND, SURREY (1971) pp 540-1 ANDREW SAINT : Richard Norman Shaw (Yale 1976) pp 82,94,110,113,129,164,194,416.

Plan p 112.

Ills. - 65,68, and 93.

RIBA - Drawings for Merrist Wood House by Norman Shaw.

Listing NGR: SU9615253455


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1090 IOE Records taken by F Jack Jackson; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr F Jack Jackson. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Jackson, F Jack

Rights Holder: Jackson, F Jack


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