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

Stroud (District Authority)
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SO 87093 11649


PAINSWICK SO 81 SE 2/20 Castle Godwyn (formerly listed as Castle Godwyn 21.10.55 Dover) II* Country house in grounds. Early to mid C18 and C19. Limestone ashlar principal facades, coursed and squared elsewhere, stone slate roofs. A compact main block with symmetrical classical front, with a service wing, left, and a two- storeyed semicircular bay at the back in Gothick style. Front is 2 storeys basement and attic, 5-windowed, 8-pane sashes above and 10-pane behind, all with Gothick pointed heads to upper sash and in moulded architraves with keystone to a first floor moulded string, the upper windows with panelled aprons over and console blocks to cills. Central pedimented porch with paired glazed doors in architrave and rusticated pilaster strips; small moulded plinth, rusticated pilaster strips and moulded cornice, raised to a segmental moulded pediment, containing a keyed oculus, over centre 3 bays: this flanked by 2 gabled 2-light dormers. Large external stacks to coped gables left and right. Return left has extended wing with 2+1 two-light stone mullioned casements at each level, under continuous strip, and at ground floor a door with deep transom light in 2 panes, over which is stepped the string. Two small lights in gable. A lower L-shaped wing beyond this has 2-light mullioned casement to each floor then return of C19 date. Step down to basement. Entrance, north side has projecting gabled porch with Tudor style door surround, to right are two 2-light plain chamfer mullion casements under hoods and a 4-light with king mullion, this C19 or C20. At first floor are three 2-light chamfer mullion casements to hoods and a 3-light Cl9 similar; two 2-light gabled dormers and one paired dormer; single lights flank the external stack. The back has a semicircular bay with paired Gothick casements with plain chamfered Y-tracery. Interior: a good C18 stair with 3 barley-sugar twist balusters per tread, carved scrolled tread ends; at first floor a 13-arched fluted Doric screen. Drawing room fireplace has pedimented and enriched mantel; room adjoining with Gothick fire surround; large open stone fire to kitchen. Contemporary shutters to windows, some heavy chamfered beams. An interesting combination of C17, C18 and C19 design elements. A plan of the house and grounds in 1741 shows the main pedimented front of the house exactly as new, but lacking the projecting porch. (Baddeley, W St C, History of Painswick, 1929.)

Listing NGR: SO8709311649


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St Claire Baddeley, W , History of Painswick, (1929)


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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