Hornblotton House in Somerset is successfully listed

We are absolutely delighted that Hornblotton House in Somerset has been listed at Grade II.

This is one of two unlisted rectories that we drew attention to in February 2023 as facing partial or full demolition. We wrote to Mendip District Council about this fine Shepton Mallet Rectory, and urged the Council to serve a Building Preservation Notice. We also asked people to object to the application for planning permission to partially demolish part of the house. Hornblotton House, with its views toward Glastonbury Tor, is a significant historic building designed by F. C. Penrose for Revd Godfrey Thring in 1848. The confident gothic detailing with canted bays giving the greatest expanse of window, create a building which is picturesque and which shows a clear difference between the main house and the service wing. The House was altered in 1881 by T. G. Jackson who added interest to Penroseā€™s original designs in his own Anglo-Renaissance style. Read the full listing for the house here.

The owner of Hornblotton House has withdrawn their planning application.

Local planning authorities may serve a Building Preservation Notice (BPN) on the owner and occupier of a building which is not listed, but which they consider is of special architectural or historic interest and is in danger of demolition or of alteration in such a way as to affect its character as a building of such interest. Whilst the BPN is in force, the building is subject to the same protection as a listed building and any works to the building will require listed building consent. Read more here.

Image: Hornblotton House near Shepton Mallet Somerset (c) Roger Cornfoot under creative commons


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