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Wychavon (District Authority)
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SO 94626 46731



SO9446 MOUNT PLEASANT 648-1/4/177 Pershore Hall


Country house now divided into flats. 1862 with later alterations. By Whitfield Dawkes, for the Humphries family. Red brick with blue brick diaperwork and limestone ashlar dressings. Hipped Welsh-slate roofs with brick stacks concealed behind parapets. PLAN: roughly square on plan with entrances to NE and SE elevations and one other decorative elevation to SW. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. In Jacobethan style having deep plinth; moulded string courses; quoined angles and surrounds; mullioned windows, some transomed, with hoodmoulds; ornate roofscape with decorative parapets, turrets, spires and finials. SE elevation: 5 bays, that at centre breaking forward below taller gable; at each end, a 3-stage polygonal turret with embattled conical cap. Outer bays have cross-windows with moulded surrounds and hoodmoulds, those on ground floor incorporating decorative relief panels as keystones and with figurative stops to hoodmoulds. Central bay has 1st-floor oriel window with tiered pyramidal roof surmounted by decorative finial and flanked by narrow lancets; remodelled door and brick surround. Stepped brick parapet with moulded stone coping and decorative stone panels on either side of taller central gable which has 4 stone spirelets with decorative iron finials. NE elevation: gabled entrance-bay breaks forward and has two large pointed-arched stair-windows with mullions, transoms, hoodmoulds, decorative stops and coloured glass; 2-storey bay-window with tiered pyramidal roof; further 3-pane lights and decorative external chimney; stone parapet with quatrefoil panels. SW elevation: 5 asymmetrical bays with plainer 3-bay wing projecting on left. Gableted right-hand bay, flanked by turrets, has 2-storey canted bay-window with pyramidal stone roof. Near-central gabled bay projects and has 1st-floor window of 4 stepped lights, those at centre under pointed arch; moulded pointed-arched doorway (now window) below. Further doorway to bay 4 and a stepped 3-light window on each floor, that on ground floor with pointed-arched lights and decorative spandrels. Openwork parapet with cusped panels; spirelets to central gable; decorative external chimney

between left-hand bays. INTERIOR: northern entrance-hall has pointed-arch arcade with heavily-ordered arches, stiff-leaf capitals, stiff-leaf ceiling cornice, stone staircase with decorative wrought-iron balusters, and decorative 9-panel doors. HISTORICAL NOTE: the house was built for the Humphries family, who were machine-makers, on the site of a former farm. Whitfield Dawkes was also the architect of Cirencester Agricultural College.

Listing NGR: SO9462646731


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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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