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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: 1056227



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

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Castle Cary

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 24-Mar-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Mar-1986

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 262051

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CASTLE CARY CP UPPER HIGH STREET (North side) ST6432 6/118 Beechfield House (formerly listed as Villa Cary) 24.3.61 GV II

Detached house. Mid/late C18. Cary stone rubble, rendered facade with Doulting stone dressings; steep pitch hipped clay pantiled roof; brick chimney stacks. Two storeys with attic; 5 bays, of which centre bay is wider and projects slightly. Plinth, rusticated quoins, eaves course, central pediment: 12-pane sash windows in architraves, architraves flat- headed but tops of windows segmental arched; large margined window upper bay 3, replacing a pair of composite windows; oeil-de-boeuf window in pediment; to lower bay 3 a 6-panel door with glazed toplights, in beaded surround, with pediment hood on console brackets. Sundry extensions to rear, mostly C19, forming link with, and absorbing, former detached coach house. Interior not seen, but it is known to have been gutted by fire in 1881. Owned by the Clarke family from c1760 and known then as The Villa, it was regularly visited by diarist Parson Woodforde and John Wesley, who often stayed there: it was purchased by John Boyd in 1864 to enable the further expansion of the Ansford Factory from the grounds of next-door Ochiltree House (qv). (McGarvie M, Castle Cary: Avalon Industries, 1980).

Listing NGR: ST6429432459

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Books and journals
McGarvie, M , Castle Cary Avalon Industries, (1980)

National Grid Reference: ST 64294 32459


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