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Orangery, Walls and Gate Piers to East of Croxdale Hall, Croxdale and Hett

Description: Orangery, Walls and Gate Piers to East of Croxdale Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 16 October 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 109935

OS Grid Reference: NZ2764137796
OS Grid Coordinates: 427641, 537796
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7344, -1.5722

Location: Hett, Durham DH6 5JP

Locality: Croxdale and Hett
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH6 5JP

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Listing Text

NZ 2737
17/54 Orangery, walls and
16/10/75 gate piers to east
of Croxdale Hall
(formerly listed
in Sunderland
Bridge C.P.)
Orangery, garden walls and gate piers, c.1765. Orangery narrow hand-made brick in
irregular. English garden wall bond with stone dressings; ridged concrete roof
tiles. Walls have similar brick inner face, coursed rubble outer face and
flat stone copings. Similar brick gate piers. North, east and west walls
enclose a c.3.7-hectare garden which slopes down from north to south; south
side bounded by a serpentine lake; Orangery situated at centre of north wall;
pair of gate piers near north-east corner. Palladian style.
2-storey Orangery, of 1 + 3 + 1 bays, has ashlar plinth and raised quoins.
Central loggia of 3 tall round arches with raised stone surrounds, impost
blocks and keystones. Outer bays, now gardeners' cottages, have Venetian
windows with replaced sashes on ground floor and Diocletian windows above with
triple keystones. Tall parapet with corniced coping above stone band.
Steeply-pitched roof with stone-coped gables and brick end stacks. Lower
2-storey rear with altered fenestration. Large stone flags laid in diamond
pattern on floor behind loggia.
Very tall garden walls. Double-skin, c.370-metre long north wall was formerly
heated. Each half, flanking the Orangery, is canted out at regular intervals
to form 4 triangular-plan projections (their purpose to increase the growing
area and stabilise the unbuttressed wall). 70-metre long west wall has round-
arched doorway to north, large central round archway with chamfered surround
on outer face and quadrant ramp down at south. 100-metre long east wall has
pair of tall square-plan gate piers with pyramidal stone caps at north.
Rubble continuation at south end of east wall and altered lean-to sheds on
outer face of north wall are not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NZ2764137796

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Source: English Heritage

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