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Hilton Hall, Hilton

Description: Hilton Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 September 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 111409

OS Grid Reference: NZ1673421771
OS Grid Coordinates: 416734, 521771
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5909, -1.7425

Location: Hilton, Durham DL2 3JA

Locality: Hilton
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL2 3JA

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Listing Text

NZ 12 SE
(South side)
10/44 Hilton Hall


House; said to be chapel of St. Catherine, chantry to Staindrop church, and
so may be chapel and priest's house. Medieval with C17 and C18 alterations.
Limewashed render with ashlar dressings; concrete-tiled roof with stone gable
copings and brick chimneys. Irregular plan: L-plan main block, with front
stair wing and extruded porch; left extension and porch; rear right wing.
North elevation of 2 storeys, 4 bays, with one-storey, one-bay left extension,
has 6-panel door in Gothic-style surround in second-bay porch; boarded door
at left of fourth bay; tripartite sashes in first bay and at landing level of
full-height gabled stair wing in third bay; late C19 sash over porch; 4-pane
pantry light low in stair wing at right; partly-blocked horizontal sliding sash
in slightly low fourth bay with blank first floor. Roll-moulded gabled angle
buttresses, with coped off-sets, at left of main block. Steeply-pitched roof
has moulded kneelers and corniced ridge chimneys, the left at end on massive
rendered plinth. Rear and return elevations also have gabled buttresses.

Interior: chamfered surround to 6-panel door within porch; walls c.130 cm.
thick form principal rectangle and flank cross-passage from second-bay door;
right return has similar wall continuing along rear wing. Cupboard in second
bay front wall has very wide run-off chamfer at one side; narrow window openings
reported to be behind wall-paper in third bay front wall, the exterior obscured
by stair wing. First bay reported to have stone bowl, possibly piscina, below
window-sill on north wall. Right rear wing has plastered beams with moulded
corners; stucco ceiling decoration on both floors, with formal arrangement in
ovals of separate motifs of fleur-de-lys, lions, crowns and leaves; upper room
has Tudor rose and large marigold patterns; early C18 corniced panelled wall
containing chimney piece in ground-floor room. Thick cross walls continue to
roof space. Blocked C17 2-light windows show inside rear wing. Open-well
close-string stair has flat handrail on fat turned balusters, and square newels
with pendants and ball finials. Probably C17 roof of upper crucks with collars
and 2 levels of purlins; spurs removed; ridge piece on crossed, halved blades.

Listing NGR: NZ1673421771

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Source: English Heritage

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