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

Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 87340 70575


CORSHAM CORSHAM COURT ST 8770 5/102 The Sham Ruin GV II*

Folly ruin, c1797 by John Nash, incorporating Gothic stonework, some possibly medieval, some apparenty mid C18 Gothick from the Bath House (q.v.) by L. Brown, altered by Nash, and possibly from another demolished garden building. High serpentine rubble stone blank wall with applied ashlar features to north and south sides and 3 skyline features, from east, an oval stack, ashlar with rubble backing to south and 2 ornate relief carved arms, a rectangular bellcote with pointed main arch flanked by panelled piers, smaller pointed arches each side and truncated short spirelet, and an oval ashlar stack, upper half pierced with plain roundels. Main structure has east end clustered Norman-style column, as if the respond from an arcade with several stones from a moulded arch above. North side is of massive rough squared blocks with from east, 2 tiers of Gothick lancets, tall with cusped heads and polygonal shafts divided by raised blocks, then canted ashlar stair tower with lancet stair openings and stone capping, then, at mid level, ogee-headed opening with hoodmould, similar to surviving side entries to loggia of Bath House, then another clustered Norman-style respond with several stones of moulded arch projecting, then upper level 2-light Gothick window with cusped heads and trefoil, similar to surviving first floor centre light of Bath House and, at right end, large 3-light intersecting tracery window with hood. At ground level centre is a low massive rusticated pointed arch, possibly once a grotto. South side, to Church Street, is rubble stone with one central Perpendicular-style 2-light upper window and, lower down, to left, one long 2-light Gothick window with cusped-heads and trefoil, similar to that on north side. (F.J. Ladd, Architects at Corsham Court, 1978 67, 110).

Listing NGR: ST8735570584


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


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: 23 Jun 2005
Reference: IOE01/14443/31
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Adrian Exton. Source Historic England Archive
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