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Gainford Hall, Gainford

Description: Gainford Hall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 7 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 111074

OS Grid Reference: NZ1682416854
OS Grid Coordinates: 416824, 516854
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5467, -1.7414

Location: Low Road, Gainford, Durham DL2 3DW

Locality: Gainford
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL2 3DW

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Listing Text

(West side, off)

9/121 Gainford Hall

Manor house, c.1603 for John Cradock, Vicar of Gainford, restored in late C19.
Sandstone rubble with alternating flush quoins; pantiled roof with up to 5
courses of sandstone flags at eaves; restored ashlar stacks. Tall, nearly
square plan with central gabled projections (those to front and rear full-height
porches, those to returns stair towers). Internal split-level double-pile plan
with 4-storey rear and 2-storey plus basement front. Double-chamfered stone-
mullioned windows, some transomed, of varying widths.

3-bay front. 3-storey porch: 8 steps to round-headed doorway-in elaborate
doorcase with fluted pilasters, entablature with initials I.C., and shaped
pediment with shield, strapwork and finials; 5-light windows with 2-light returns
to first and second floors. Gable has moulded coping and finials. Walls flanking
porch: basement has four 2-light windows; ground floor has 6-light hall window
to left and 3-light window to right; first floor has two 3-light windows. Roof:
3 steeply-pitched ridges, parallel to front, have slightly-projecting eaves.
Central ridge has groups of 4-3-4- conjoined and corniced stacks. Left return
has 3 gables; 4-storey left bay, 3-storey stair tower and right bay; basement
doorway with chamfered jambs and basket-arched lintel; similar 3- and 4-light
windows. Gables have moulded coping and finials. Right return similar; stair
tower has blocked opening with Tudor-arched head. Rear has 4-storey porch with
C20 part-glazed door in chamfered surround under restored Tudor-arched head;
4 light window above; worn tablet in Ionic aedicule has shield and initials
IC MC RC and'date 1600(?); two 4 light windows above, upper window under
hoodmould. Gable has moulded coping and finials. Flanking walls have similar

Interior: stone-flagged passage leads from rear service range, via flight of
stone steps, into hall. Hall has early C17 oak panelling, several 8-panel
doors, segmental-arched fireplace and plaster frieze. Dining room has similar
panelling and moulded ceiling cornice. Great Chamber above hall, now subdivided,
has Tudor-arched fireplace. Closed-well west staircase of stone. East staircase
never completed. First floor apartment open to roof trusses possibly intended
as a gallery.

Attached outbuildings to rear not of special interest.

Gainford Hall is highly sophisticated in plan and elevation and has been
tentatively attributed to Robert Smythson.

G.A. Fothergill, "Gainford Hall", The Antiquary, May 1910,

Listing NGR: NZ1682416854

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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