WALLS, TURRETS AND GATEWAY TO EAST FORECOURT OF MONTACUTE HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1252025
Date first listed:
19-Apr-1961
Date of most recent amendment:
27-Oct-1987
Statutory Address:
WALLS, TURRETS AND GATEWAY TO EAST FORECOURT OF MONTACUTE HOUSE, THE BOROUGH

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Location

Statutory Address:
WALLS, TURRETS AND GATEWAY TO EAST FORECOURT OF MONTACUTE HOUSE, THE BOROUGH

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

County:
Somerset
District:
South Somerset (District Authority)
Parish:
Montacute
National Grid Reference:
ST 49979 17151

Details

ST4917 MONTACUTE CP THE BOROUGH (North side, off) 7/129 Walls, turrets and gateway to east forecourt of Montacute House (formerly listed as Pair of Garden Houses and walls of east forecourt at Montacute House) 19.4.61 GV I Enclosing elements of forecourt. C16. By William Arnold for Sir Edward Phelips. Ham stone ashlar, cast iron gates. The walling about 3.5 metres high, with about 2m solid ashlar, then open balustrading with copings north and south walls 20 bays, with piers capped with obelisk finials marking each bay, in the fifth bay from the house on each side small gateway with pair C19 cast iron gates, and to the eleventh bay from the house an open circular turret, with moulded flat roof carried on 6 Doric columns, with groups of flying buttresses over reflecting the ogee roofs of the corner pavilions (q.v), which these walls link to the house. The east wall of the forecourt links these 2 pavilions, and is of 15 bays, the centre bay being a wide gateway having tall square piers with frieze band, cornice caps, steps and open globe and point finials, again echoing the pavilions, and with pair C19 cast iron gates: this last gateway replaces the former gate- house, which seems to have been demolished by the late C17. One of the most impressive features of the original house, the entrance was superseded by the 1785 west front: the forecourt became a garden, later laid out to design of Victoria Sackville-West, (Girouard M and others, Montacute House, National Trust 1985).

Listing NGR: ST4997917151

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
434951
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Girouard, M et al, Montacute House, (1985)
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 37 Somerset,

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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