THE BATH HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1182390
Date first listed:
20-Dec-1960
Date of most recent amendment:
01-Aug-1986
Statutory Address:
THE BATH HOUSE

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Location

Statutory Address:
THE BATH HOUSE

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

District:
Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Corsham
National Grid Reference:
ST 87394 70859

Details

CORSHAM CORSHAM COURT ST 8770 5/104 The Bath House (formerly listed as The Cold Bath at 20.12.60 Corsham Court ) GV I

Bath House, c1761-3 by Lancelot Brown, altered 1797 and 1802 by J. Nash. Rubble stone with ashlar dressings, ogee stone-tiled roof and crocketted finial. Square plan, 2 storeys, Gothick style. Ashlar quoins, moulded cornice broken for ogee 'pediment' with crocketted finials to apex and sides, similar finials to each angle. Battlements between finials, probably an addition by Nash. First floor on three principal sides has similar 2-light pointed Gothic window with cusping and traceried glazing bars. Front window is flanked by two canopied niches. Ground floor front and bath chamber remodelled by Nash. Triple-arched front with 4- centred centre arch and round-arched narrower side openings, moulded with delicate pendant cusping. Quatrefoil columns and responds with moulded caps and bases. Fluting to spandrels. Similar half-columns within, 3 x 3 bays with broad centre and narrower side bays each side, carrying shallow plastered octopartite vault. Sunken bath with moulded stone rim. Front loggia is open to sides with one ogee-headed archway each side with hoodmould, the remnant of Brown's ground floor, stonework from the removed front arcade now incorporated in Sham Ruin (q.v.). Two side arches to rear of bath are open, one giving access to curving stair to upper changing room, the other to a serpentine passage leading back to the walled garden behind. Passage has 4 slit windows with stained glass, plastered walls and tunnel vault originally entirely inlaid with fir-cones and moss in patterns, some of which survives. Rear stair tower is curved with curved stone-tiled roof. Passage also has stone tiled roof. (F.J. Ladd, Architects at Corsham Court, 1978 66-8, 108).

Listing NGR: ST8739470859

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
315129
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Ladd, F J, Architects at Corsham Court, (1978)
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 46 Wiltshire,

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: 28 Jun 2005
Reference: IOE01/14443/27
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