MSO12121 - Dunster County Primary School (Main School Building), St George's Street, Dunster (Building)


School built in 1871 by architect JP St Aubyn, with later alterations and additions. It is built of snecked red rubble sandstone with ashlar quoins and dressings.

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1871, architect J P St Aubyn, with later alterations and additions. Snecked red rubble sandstone with ashlar quoins and dressings. Tiled roofs with 2 ridge chimneys, gables with projecting purlins, moulded bargeboards and footstones in plates. Gable to east has small belfry housed below apex of gable. Large single storey roughly 'Z' plan building. 2:3:2 bays to long sides (east, south and east again), casements in part, stepped and transomed lancet triplets with cusped heads and labels to gables, 2 and 3-light Caernarvon-arch type to side walls. Entrance in catslide extension in angle to south-west. Modern hall building and classroom are not included on this list. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264716. First Listed on 04/08/1983. [2] The building is situated within Dunster's Conservation Area. [3] The building was the idea of the Rev. TF Luttrell, who supported and taught in the old school, as well as running a night school for boys and young men where they could learn to read. The site was given by Mr George Luttrell, who also contributed to the costs. At the opening of the school in 1872, 130 children marched from their old school through the churchyard to the new schoolroom, preceded by a banner inscribed 'Dunster Church Schools'. [5] The building was visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [6] The building is depicted on 2018 MasterMap data. It is part of a range of buildings labelled "Dunster First School". [8] The building is mentioned in the 2018 Conservation Area Appraisal for Dunster. [9]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • --- Monograph: Villiers, S.. 2012. Village schooling in Somerset: Learn 'em hard. Ryelands.. 1st Edition. 214.
  • <1> Index: 4/8/1983. Twenty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <2> Unassigned: Webster CJ, Historic Environment Record. 2005. Staff Comments, Somerset County Council.
  • <3> Report: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Exmoor National Park Authority. p23.
  • <4> Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. p158.
  • <5> Monograph: Binding, H.. Discovering Dunster. The Exmoor Press. p17.
  • <6> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <7> Leaflet: Crane, E.. ?. The Village School, Dunster, Somerset 1861 - 1945.
  • <8>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #39191 ]
  • <9> Report: Pratt, N. and Thurlow, T.. 2018. Dunster Conservation Area: appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 16, 56, 92, Figure 56.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/83/2
  • Local List Status (Rejected)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34984



Grid reference Centred SS 9893 4367 (20m by 23m)
Map sheet SS94SE

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