Abbey House

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1167617
Date first listed:
20-Jun-1973
Date of most recent amendment:
15-Mar-1974
Statutory Address:
Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, BA6 8DH

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Location

Statutory Address:
Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, BA6 8DH

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

County:
Somerset
District:
Mendip (District Authority)
Parish:
Glastonbury
National Grid Reference:
ST 50242 38861

Details

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CHILKWELL STREET (Southwest side) Abbey House (Formerly listed as The Abbey Retreat House, previously listed as CHILKWELL STREET Abbey House) 20-JUN-73

GV II* House, 1829-30; by John Buckler, for John Reeves. Altered and extended circa 1850-60; altered 1957. Tudor Gothic.

Two storeys plus attics in gables. Freestone. Three gabled bays come forward, the central bay with entrance. Moulded cornice. Crenellated parapets. Slate roof. Clustered stacks. Stringcourse. Moulded plinth. Six mullioned and transomed windows of two and three lights with arched heads, all in square hoodmoulds. Central first floor window has carved corbel in form of an oriel. Four-centred arched doorway with carved spandrels. Double doors under porch. Lower two storey four window wing to right. Attached to north side of the house the service wing was extended into a small stable yard in about 1850-60.

INTERIOR largely intact, including Tudor style panelled doors in moulded doorcases, moulded plaster ceiling cornices and friezes, panelled window shutters, chimneypieces and original cantilevered main staircase with a Gothick cast-iron balustrade and servants' stairs with stick balusters. In 1957 the drawing room was converted into a chapel and the window on the east side was blocked.

Abbey House, Glastonbury Abbey (see Magdalene Street), Wall around grounds of the Abbey and Abbey House, and the listed buildings from No 3 to No 17 Chilkwell Street (north east side), all form an important group.

NOTE: In 1825-6 the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey were bought by John Reeves, who commissioned John Buckler to design this house, which was built in 1829-30 with the ruins of the Abbey in the grounds.

An early example of the Tudor Gothic style, designed by the architect and antiquarian draughtsman, John Buckler.

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
265893
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 02 Jan 2006
Reference: IOE01/15094/11
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