Charlton House, Wraxall

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Charlton House
The Downs School - - 132638.jpg
Location Wraxall, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°27′37″N 2°43′52″W / 51.46028°N 2.73111°W / 51.46028; -2.73111Coordinates: 51°27′37″N 2°43′52″W / 51.46028°N 2.73111°W / 51.46028; -2.73111
Built Late medieval
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name: Charlton House
Designated 13 October 1952[1]
Reference No. 33573
Charlton House, Wraxall is located in Somerset
Charlton House, Wraxall
Location of Charlton House in Somerset

Charlton House is a historic building in Wraxall, Somerset, England. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

The original building dates from the late mediaeval period, however it was altered in the early to mid 17th century and further extended between 1877 and 1884.[1][2]

Since 1927 it has housed The Downs School, a preparatory school founded in 1894 (originally in a house overlooking Clifton Down,[3] across the Clifton Suspension Bridge). The current headmaster of the Downs School is Marcus Gunn. The school takes pupils from its reception class until year three in pre-preparatory school and then from year four to year eight in the preparatory school. At the end of year 8, most pupils feed into other local Bristol schools, such as Clifton College and Bristol Grammar School along with Queen Elizabeth's Hospital and even schools further afield such as schools in Taunton and Millfield.[4] It is set in 60 acres (24 ha) of parkland.[5]

The house was part of the Tyntesfield estate and the associated Charlton Farm is now a residential centre of Children's Hospice South West.


  1. ^ a b c "Charlton House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Downs School, Wraxall, The , (also known as Charlton House), Bristol, England". Parks & Gardens UK. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Down School". The Downs School. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Downs School". Independent Schools Directory. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Downs School". Education Base. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

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