Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1120277

Date first listed: 13-Dec-1984

Statutory Address: BROWNSEA CASTLE


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Statutory Address: BROWNSEA CASTLE

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

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck (District Authority)

Parish: Studland

National Grid Reference: SZ 03048 87646


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1/63 Brownsea Castle


Country House, used as holiday centre, incorporating a blockhouse and gun platform of 1548. This raised and extended c1765. Further extensions early and mid C19. Gutted by fire and part rebuilt 1897 - architect Philip Brown of Southampton (Pevsner). Walls part coursed and squared rough ashlar stone, part brick with stone dressings. Flat roofs with battlemented parapets. Exterior mostly in Victorian Tudor style. Irregular plan and profile, dominated by tower built off original blockhouse. Main building part 2-storeys, part 3-storeys. Tower rises a further 2 storeys. South-west front, facing sea, has a 2-storey building of c1850 in front of the tower. This has angle buttresses with octagonal pinnacles and cornice with carved lion heads. Canted central bay with mullioned and transomed windows. On each side of bay, on ground floor, a pointed arched doorway, and above this a mullioned and transomed window. Tower of brick, with stone mullioned and transomed windows - lower lights blocked. Left of tower a 2-storeyed brick range with moulded parapet and string course. Angle buttress. Mullioned windows on each floor. Right of tower a 3-storeyed stone range, with battlements and moulded string courses. Octagonal turret at right end, with transomed windows. At rear, a single-storey range added on north-east in mid C19, incorporating one circular and one octagonal turret. Internally, walls of original blockhouse survive on ground floor, some with a slight batter, now plastered - no old features visible. Interior largely of 1897. Several rooms have good panelling and ornamental ceilings. One first floor room has C16 stone fireplace surround, reset, with lion head and foot consoles. In another first floor room a fireplace with carved stone cartouches including lion of S. Mark. All this probably from Venice. A National Trust Property. RCHM Monument 3 (Dorset Vol II). (Pevsner - Buildings of England - Dorset, and Brownsea Island - a History (National Trust)).

Listing NGR: SZ0304887646


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Legacy System number: 109073

Legacy System: LBS


Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1970)
Brownsea Island a History
Pevsner, N, Newman, J, The Buildings of England: Dorset, (1972)

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