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South Somerset (District Authority)
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ST4409 MOUNT PLEASANT 876-1/7/132 (North side) 06/09/74 DeCombe House (Formerly Listed as: MOUNT PLEASANT Grammar School)


Former grammar school, now apartments. 1876-82, by Giles and Gough. MATERIALS: coursed limestone rubble, Ham Hill stone quoins and dressings, slate roof. EXTERIOR: mostly 3 storeys; 8-window range. To the far right is a projecting 2-storeyed forward-facing gable with a crenellated finial to the moulded coping and set-back, offset buttresses. It has Perpendicular-style tracery to a pointed-arched, 5-light, stone mullioned window with cinquefoil heads to each 4-paned light; a panelled band between floors, and pointed-arched 5-light stone-mullioned windows with sunk spandrels to the ground floor. The main facade has mostly 3-light, chamfered stone-mullioned and transomed windows to first and second floors, gabled half-dormers to the second floor and 4-light stone mullioned windows to the ground floor, some with pointed arches and sunk spandrels. To the right-of centre buttresses flank steps up to double doors, each 6 panels, set in a high Tudor arch with glazed overlight; a hoodmould with foliate stops includes a panel with a shield and inscription above the arch, and shields in the spandrels. A canted bay with a hipped slate roof to the far left where the ground slopes down is 3 storeys; a castellated canted bay to left-of-centre is 2 storeys. INTERIOR: glazed inner doors have chamfered frames, the floor to the large hall is polychromatic, the wide open-well staircase extending through 3 floors has stone treads, scroll balusters and cast-iron newel; the skirting is also stone. HISTORY: named The Mount Pleasant School in 1880, it acquired a gymnasium in 1884 and a swimming bath in 1888. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: South and West Somerset: London: 1958-: P.137-9; Kelly's Directory: 1902-).

Listing NGR: ST4470709946


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, (1958), 137-139
'Kelly's Directory' in Kelly's Directory, (1902)


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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Date: 25 Jan 2003
Reference: IOE01/10091/10
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