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Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SU 14545 29642


THE CLOSE 1. 1594 No 15 (Malmesbury House) SU 1429 NE 4/46 28.2.52. I GV 2. Originally known as Copt Hall. 1 st house demolished 1399, rebuilt 1416. C14/C16 work in part built in the Close Wall, St Anne's Gate qv for east front. Late C17/early C18 recasing. 2 storeys and attic. Ashlar stone, West front - plain 1st floor string. Deep moulded and coved cornice. Steep pitched hipped old tile roof. Tall hipped central dormer with cornice and architrave frame. 7 windows on lst floor with small keystones. The 2 windows flanking central window are narrow 2 panes wide. Similar arrangement on ground floor restored, central entrance with narrow flanking windows. Door is stone architrave with keystone console brackets to moulded pediment. The south front has 1 dormer, 2 windows glazing bars restored. Large painted sundial dated 1749, inscription: "Life is but a walking shadow ". East front see under St Anne's Gate. North front has 1 canted dormer with hipped roof. Good circa 1760 superimposed canted bay windows centred on this front. "Gothic" details with ogee heads to sash lights with inter- secting glazing bars. Taller on ground floor with French casement to centre. The roof of 1st floor bay is leaded and shaped, Very fine interior. Good spacious staircase circa 1780, with twisted balusters, open string, moulded cut brackets. Stucco decoration with niches for busts. Rococo stucco work in main rooms. On lst floor the library, light by 1st floor bay window on north front, has very good early Gothic Revival decoration, the mantlepiece still entirely Rococo; the vault of the bay window has leaf ribs. All of circa 1760, but the ceiling circa 1800 or later. Another small Rococo mantlepiece in room with oriel overlooking St John's Street-Exeter Street. The room over St Anne's Gate uv is part of same property.

Nos 14, 14A,St Anne's Gate and No 15 form a very picturesque group.

All the listed building sin the Close form an outstanding group.

Listing NGR: SU1454029660


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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: 14 Oct 2007
Reference: IOE01/14566/18
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Peter Read. Source Historic England Archive
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