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Date Listed: 26 November 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 111974
OS Grid Reference: NZ0892333082
OS Grid Coordinates: 408923, 533082
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6927, -1.8631
SOUTH BEDBURN SHULL BANK
NZ 03 SE (West side, off)
House. Dated 1879. By A. Waterhouse for Alfred Backhouse of Pillmore Hall,
Darlington. Coursed sandstone rubble with plinth, quoins and ashlar dressings.
Roof of Welsh slate with some synthetic tiles in repairs; stone gable copings.
Irregular plan. French Renaissance style. Entrance front 2 storeys and
attics, 6 bays, the first and fourth projecting under front gables, and 3-
storey octagonal left corner tower. Gabled porch in second bay has double
door in moulded segmental-headed stone surround; many-stepped side buttresses
support stepped gable coping with mace finial. One-storey pent front extension
to left gable under corbelled external stack, with central recessed monogram.
Fourth-bay gable projects further, with 3-light windows, and 2-light window in
gable peak. Varied fenestration, all stone-mullioned and transomed, includes
large stair window to right of door, and paired half dormers in fifth bay.
Steeply-pitched roof has paired octagonal chimneys on ridge and on front
external stack; steeply-pitched octagonal tower roof has swept eaves on
carved band. Ashlar-banded coped gables with finials. Left return, with
vista to landscape dropping steeply away, has canted bay under dated gable in
left bay. Rear elevation to garden in similar style but with first-floor
canted oriel, on buttress, with steep roof set against large gable wall.
Interior much damaged by fire, but plan and stone arcaded stair hall survive.
Being restored at time of survey.
Source: owner's information; Kelly, Directory of Northumberland and Durham,
Listing NGR: NZ0892333082
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Source: English Heritage
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