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South Somerset (District Authority)
Castle Cary
National Grid Reference:
ST 63939 32566


CASTLE CARY CP GREENWAY ROAD (East side) ST6332 5/68 St. John's Priory (Florida House)


Detached house. 1877. Built for J S Donne, of the Flax Mills family, designed by Charles Bell. Doulting and Bath stone ashlar; plain clay tile roof between coped gables, ashlar chimney stacks with ornamental caps. Two storeys with attic, 3 bay south elevation. Plinth, polychrome stonework; sash windows, glazing bars having semi-circular arch design; bay 1 has single-storey projecting square bay window with flat roof, open balustrade and corner ball finials; of 1+3+1 lights; above 3 windows grouped in decorative false gable planted on real gable, which has segmented arched pediment at crown, with ball finial: bay 2 has open porch recess with heavy doors in semi-circular arch carried on non- classical columns under dentilled string, carved spandrils; plain single window above, then rises a tower with rectangular window at attic floor level and above a belvedere with 3 semi-circular arched windows each face, set under lead-covered bell-hip roof with wrot-iron finial and weathervane; bay 3 has single windows, lower under string hood, upper under carved semi-circular arch and then false gable with semi- circular pediment and ball finial. West elevation of 5 bays to match; angled bay window both levels bay 1 under lean-to hipped roof against ornamental coped gable, of 1+2+1 windows; single window upper bay 2, blank below, and to both levels bays 3 and 5, each with segmental pedimented false gable over; to bay 4 a projecting chimney stack from first level up. Later extensions to north and east not of special interest. Interior not seen, but a mantlepiece and recess, by Reid and Co, illustrated in The Builder 19th May 1888. Very much a show-house, it is now the Priory of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified. (McGarvie M, Castle Cary: Avalon Industries, 1980).

Listing NGR: ST6393932566


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McGarvie, M , Castle Cary Avalon Industries, (1980)
'The Builder' in 19 May, (1888)


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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Date: 12 Aug 2003
Reference: IOE01/11214/11
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Barker. Source Historic England Archive
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