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Description: Biddick Hall
Date Listed: 1 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 109355
OS Grid Reference: NZ3145352792
OS Grid Coordinates: 431453, 552792
Latitude/Longitude: 54.8689, -1.5114
BOURNMOOR LAMBTON PARK
NZ 35 SW
1/2/67 (previously included
in the Civil Parish
of South Biddick)
Small country house. Early C18 incorporating an older structure; east bay
added 1859 (dated rainwater-head); north wing and additions on rear of east
bay 1954-5 by E.M. Lawson and Partners. Main block influenced by and possibly
based on a sketch by Sir John Vanbrugh who worked at Lumley Castle (q.v.) in
1721. Light-red hand-made brick in Flemish bond with painted stone dressings;
roofs not visible; stone chimneys. Matching later additions in stretcher bond.
Main block double-pile plan with massive spine wall. Baroque style.
2-storey main block; symmetrical 5-bay entrance front with added east bay.
Dressed stone plinth and raised quoins. Central replaced doors and 8-pane
overlight in architrave with cornice hood on enriched consoles. Centre bay
framed by giant fluted Ionic pilasters carrying pediment on entablature with
pulvinated frieze. 12-pane sashes in architraves. 2 fluted lead rainwater
heads with downcomers. Tall, panelled flat-coped parapet above band. Stone
vases on parapet and pediment. Corniced ridge stacks. Set-back added bay.
Similar 5-bay west return, without pilasters and pediment, has oeil-de-boeuf
windows on both storeys of centre bay. Split-level, flat-roofed 1954 rear wing.
Interior of main block: Ground-floor west wall and spine wall c.1.5 metres
thick. Narrow entrance hallway has barrel-vaulted ceiling and archway into
staircase hall with Doric pilasters, archivolt and keystone. 2 rooms flanking
lobby: on east with c.1880 Adam-style decoration and C18 chimneypiece by Henry
Cheere; on west with C18 chimneypiece with rams' heads (Lambton insignia).
Small bedroom behind west room with re-used C17 panelling and a corner
chimneypiece. 2-storey staircase hall: 3-flight open-well cantilevered
staircase with c.1780 wrought-iron balustrade and wreathed handrail; panelled
dado with ramped rail; 4- and 6-panel doors in architraves; egg-and-dart
cornice on ground floor; slightly-coved ceiling with arabesques, swags etc.
(possibly c.1745 by La Francini); Venetian window 1960 by Trenwith Wells. 2
first-floor bedrooms: on south-west with dentilled cornice and dado rail; on
south-east with marble fireplace framed by Corinthian pilasters, a modillion
cornice and Chinese wallpaper. Rear wing with re-used internal features, some
from Lambton Castle (q.v.) including first-floor library with early C19 shelves
and a marble chimneypiece with carved decoration of stacked books.
(Christopher Hussey, "Biddick Hall - Durham", Country Life Volume CXXXIX, 1966).
Listing NGR: NZ3145352792
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