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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1202134



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


District: City of Bristol

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 01-Nov-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Dec-1994

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 379323

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ST5773NW COLLEGE ROAD, Clifton 901-1/2/827 (North East side) 01/11/66 Clifton College, Percival Buildings and Wilson Tower (Formerly Listed as: COLLEGE ROAD, Clifton Clifton College Big School, School House and Wilson Tower)


Classrooms, library and tower. 1869. Tower of 1889, by Hansom and Bond. Snecked Brandon Hill Grit with limestone dressings and ashlar, ridge stacks and slate cross gabled roof. Single-depth plan, forming NW side of quadrangle. Collegiate Tudor Gothic Revival style, with Decorated Gothic Revival-style tracery. Percival Buildings are a 2 storeys; 9-window range. Cloistered ground floor with central gabled gatehouse, first-floor mullion windows with traceried heads, buttresses and crenellated parapets. Open 2-centre arches to vaulted cloister have attached columns and parapet; behind, first-floor flat-headed windows to a parapet. Central projecting gatehouse has diagonal buttresses to the ground floor, and 3 orders to 2-centre archway; attached corner columns to the first floor run into finials with dragons, a canted oriel with central cross window, parapet, and an ashlar gable with a blind 3-light panel and griffon finial. Flagged archway beneath has benches, to 9-window rear range with wide 2-centred arched ground-floor and 3-light first-floor windows, divided by buttresses. Right-hand Wilson Tower has 4 stages with large octagonal corner turrets divided by strings, that to SW with an ashlar top stage with a pyramidal roof with crockets. Wide 4-centre archway has a label with head stops; 2 storey canted oriel above on fan corbels, has 4-light windows, separated by a band of shields, and with a parapet with panel tracery; paired 2-light third-stage windows, below a cornice with gargoyles. INTERIOR: ground-floor classrooms with ceiling beams of corbels, first-floor full-length library has cusped principal rafters on octagonal aisle posts. Tower includes Council room with good Tudor-style fireplace, panelled walls, and a panelled ceiling and doors. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 320; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 419).

Listing NGR: ST5699873886

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Gomme, A H, Jenner, M, Little, B D G, Bristol, An Architectural History, (1979), 320
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (1958), 419

National Grid Reference: ST 56998 73886


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