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Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
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SO 36750 75452


BEDSTONE C.P. BEDSTONE SO 37 NE 8/6 Bedstone Court - (Bedstone College 21.3.68 Main Building) II GV

Country house, now school. 1881 by Thomas Harris for Sir Henry Ripley with minor later additions and alterations. Red brick and planted timber frame with ashlar dressings; machine tile roofs. Complex multi-gabled plan forming rough U-shape. 3 storeys. Wooden mullioned and transomed windows throughout, some with leaded lights. Entrance front has prominent full-height projecting gable, jettied to each floor. Oriel windows to first and second floors, latter with elaborate plaster decoration to top. Porch in projecting gable, approached by flight of 5 steps, has elliptical centre arch with words "DULCE DOMUS" to lintel, flanked by round-headed arches with Ionic columns and carving to spandrels, displaying a variety of classical and Jacobean-style motifs; balustrade on low stone walls to front and sides. Mosaic floor. Inner panelled door has raised lozenge- shaped patterns; half-reeded and half-fluted pilasters to sides flanking round-arched recesses. Gables to left and right of projecting gable, left with large integral stack to right, which has terracotta armorial device with Ripley family motto "DUMSPIRO SPERO" superscribed. Octagonal wooden cupola to ridge with turned balusters to open balustrade has lead- domed cap, surmounted by weathervane. External end stack to right has tall star-shaped shaft with miniature stone gable approximtely one-third of the way up, having armorial device with hanging garlands of fruit and the date "1881" with "BED / STONE / COU / RT" in raised lettering to oval medallion. Tall red brick stack to right of ridge to projecting gable, which has brass sundial to apex. South front: has 7 gables with full- height canted bay between second and third gables from left. Balcony to first floor with vase-shaped balusters, partly protected by continuous jetty of gables above and supported by slender wooden posts with Ionic columns, runs from canted bay to sixth gable from left. 2-storey projection to right capped by miniature twin gables. Initials "HWR" and date "1881" to several rainwater heads. Rear elevation: displays some planted timber frame but majority of gables are tile hung. On the courtyard (north) side the main feature of interest is the 2-storey canted bay projecting from a multi-light mullioned and transomed window. Interior. Main staircase in panelled hall with painted ceiling has sturdy vase-shaped balusters and deeply grooved ramped handrail; plain Ionic columns, those to ends enclosed by unfluted pilasters. Stained glass in window behind (including to canted bay) depicts labours of the months. Stained glass showing parrots and butterflies in entrance hall (room to left of porch) and stained glass also in upper lights of ground-floor windows to south range. These depict figures from classical mythology, ancient history, literature and illustrative of the feminine virtues. Several rooms on this side of the house have plaster ceilings and friezes, the most notable being in the former dining room (now library) at west end. Entrance hall has carving of a well with the word "FARE" over the exterior door and another carving of a well with the word "COME" over the door leading to the main hall. Original panelled doors and fireplaces throughout, including to first floor. The house is known locally as a calendar house as it has 12 chimneys, 365 windows, 7 external doors and 52 rooms. Thomas Harris was author of Victorian Architecture (1860) in which he sought to define a specifically Victorian style of architecture. In Shropshire he is best known for his design of Stokesay Court. B.o.E. p. 71; Barrie Trinder, A History of Shropshire (1983) pp. 101-2; Roger Dixon and Stefan Muthesius, Victorian Architecture (1978) pp. 24, 61, 196, 260.

Listing NGR: SO3675075452


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Books and journals
Dixon, R, Muthesius, S, Victorian Architecture, (1978), 24,61,196
Harris, T, Victorian Architecture, (1860)
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958)
Trinder, B, A History of Shropshire, (1983), 101-2


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

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