Dorton House / Royal School For The Blind / Ashford School

23 Aug 2002
Dorton House, Dorton, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9NG
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Royal School For The Blind, Dorton, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9NG
Ashford School, Dorton, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9NG
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


6/70 Ashfold School (Dorton House) (formerly listed as Royal School for the Blind) 25.10.51


Mansion, now school. Early C17, dated 1626 on staircase soffit, altered 1784. Built for Sir John Dormer. Red brick, moulded ashlar plinth, ashlar quoins and first floor band course, brick parapet with moulded stone string below and stone coping. Tiled roofs, brick chimneys with rows of octagonal shafts. U-plan with central range of 5 bays, gabled side wings of 4 bays and square projections in inner angles. Another short wing to rear. 2 storeys, basement and attic, the central range a little taller than remainder. On the E. front C17 moulded stone windows have had mullions and transoms removed so as to accommodate late C18 sashes.

Central range now has tripartite sashes in altered openings, those to first floor in wooden Venetian window frames with minimal Doric pilasters. Central upper window has single arched sash in matching wooden frame with heraldic stone tablet in parapet above. Front gables of side wings have similar Venetian windows to first floor and oval windows in moulded stone frames to attic. Paired sashes to central bays of side wings, one in right wing altered to half-glazed door.

Moulded stone mullion windows to basement, 4-light in central range, 2-light to sides. Central range also has C20 hipped dormers. Central C20 door in restored stone arch with late C18 pedimented Doric porch.

N. front has 5 widebays, the outer slightly advanced with canted bay windows, the centre bay with square projection. Original fenestration with moulded stone mullions and transoms, the ground floor windows double transomed, each window in the form of a paired cross casement. Irregularly gabled W. front with rectangular oriel window to left, C20 central porch and small C20 extension in angle with rear wing to right. Long S. front, also irregular, has central porch with C17 stone arches, 2 semi-circular, one 4-centred with carved spandrels. Interior: C17 panelling in central screens passage. Hall has very fine early C17 panelled screen with Ionic pilasters, carved frieze and elaborate strapwork crests. Hall also has C17 panelling to lower walls, and moulded stone fireplace with 4-centred arch and plaster cartouche overmantel. Passage to rear of central wing and door to N.W. room have semi-circular stone arches with scrolled keyblocks and ornamental coffering to soffits. Fine staircase in N. wing has turned balusters, moulded handrail, stop-chamfered newels with moulded finials and pendants, and entrance screen with 2 arches on Ionic columns.

Elaborate C17 plaster ceiling. Similar ceilings in ground floor room in N. wing and first floor rooms in central range. One of the latter, probably the withdrawing room also has C17 panelling and good wooden fireplace with panelled overmantel and strapwork crests. Former long gallery in N. wing has plain vaulted plaster ceiling. C17 back staircase with moulded square balusters and modillion handrail; another C17 winder stair with splat balusters in S. wing.

RCHM I p. 132-5 Mon.2.2

Listing NGR: SP6791713894


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1827 IOE Records taken by Stewart Martin Shaw; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Stewart Martin Shaw. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Shaw, Stewart Martin

Rights Holder: Shaw, Stewart Martin


Ashlar, Brick, Stone, Tile, Tudor Counting House, Elizabethan Domestic, Stuart House, Jacobean Dwelling, Building, Unassigned, School, Education