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Description: Crichel House
Date Listed: 18 March 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 107400
OS Grid Reference: ST9942908324
OS Grid Coordinates: 399429, 108324
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8744, -2.0095
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ST 90 NE
8/63 Crichel House
Country house, 1743, extensive enlargement c.1770 with further additions
and alterations of the C19 and C20. Original house for Sir William Napier,
late C18 work for Humphrey Sturt. Some C19 work by Burn and McVicar Anderson
(Newman and Pevsner). Some interior decoration probably by James Wyatt.
Rendered brickwork with ashlar dressings and slate and lead roofs. On plan
the earliest house is nearly encased in later additions. Main entrance is
now to the west front. 3 storeys and attics. The south front to the park
is symmetrical of 11 bays 3:5:3 with pedimented central piece. 12-pane
sashes in moulded ashlar architraves. Rusticated basement storey. Recessed
central portico with Ionic columns, pilasters to the third storey above.
The outer bays have large Palladian windows to the lower storey. Part of
the original house visible behind portico - upper floor to centre window
has scrolled cheekpieces and is above a pedimented ground floor doorway.
East front is symmetrical of 7 bay 2:3:2 with centre pediment. General
detailing similar to the south front; central pedimented Palladian doorway
with Palladian window over. West front has C19 single storey portico. To
the ground floor right are 2 large Palladian windows. Other windows are
12-pane sashes with moulded architraves. Some parts of the earlier house
are exposed. The north facade was largely refaced after a Victorian service
wing was demolished (Newman and Pevsner).
Interior features (access to interior not possible, information based on
RCHM and Newman and Pevsner): partly in a Kentian style, partly in the neo-
classical style of James Wyatt; some of the earlier work may be by the
Bastards of Blandford Forum; many Kentian and neo-classical chimney pieces;
fine early to mid C18 staircase; dining room and drawing room with imposing
neo-classical plasterwork ceilings and decoration; many other high quality
Georgian details. (RCHM, Dorset, vol V, p 41-4, no. 2. Newman, J and
Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p 298-9).
Listing NGR: ST9942908324
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Source: English Heritage
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